When it comes to raising awareness over sensitive issues such as rape, how far is too far? In her latest video "Man Down," Rihanna shoots her rapist in the head, leaving many angry and causing the video to be banned from TV.
Organizations such as the Parents Television Council have spoken out against the pop star, accusing her of glamorizing violence. But others applaud Rihanna’s effort, and many see the video as a way for her to cope with her own issues. Chris Brown Allegedly Assaults Rihanna
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Actress Gabrielle Union, a survivor of rape, took to Twitter earlier this week saying she had seen the video, and she herself tried to shoot her rapist but missed. In a series of tweets, she told her followers that the desire to kill someone who has abused or raped them is understandable but only as an act of self-defense. If not, it will only lead to more trouble. When Sex Is A Weapon: Surviving Date Rape
Union ended with, "#mandown video did a GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world TALKING abt RAPE. I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE."
Rihanna also took to Twitter, saying "I'm a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What's up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice! Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents! And this is why! Cuz we turn the other cheek!"
Shortly after that, Rihanna responded to some of her fans, or her navy, and she thanked them when VEVO decided to unblock the video from their website.
Director of the video, Anthony Mandler, says Rihanna's video is doing exactly what the two of them hoped it would do, "which is shine a light on the very dark subject matter."
"The fact that there's an argument to ban this because this will make girls retaliate from abuse with murder is skipping over the point," Mandler told The Hollywood Reporter. "We obviously have a huge issue to deal with as a country."
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