Pop star Rihanna said Thursday she will not accept responsibility for how viewers respond to her "Man Down" video. The Parents TelevisionCouncil, a watchdog group, said in a statement Wednesday that the video justified a "cold, calculated execution of murder."
"I'm a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS!" Rihanna posted on her Twitter page. "What's up with everybody wantin' me to be a parent?"
The video depicts Rihanna's character in an alcove above a busy train-station passageway, firing a revolver into the crowd and hitting a man in the head. By the end, we see he had abused her in some vague, quick-cut-edit way. She appears to escape with no consequences. The lyrics make no mention of abuse. The killing is accidental, with the woman expressing remorse and expecting arrest. ("I didn't mean to end his life / I know it wasn't right . . . now I am a criminal.")
Still, Rihanna defended the reinterpretation to unpunished vigilante murder. "U can't hide your kids from society, or they'll never learn how to adapt! This is the REAL WORLD! . . . The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US!"
Later, however, she felt the need to warn her followers, "Guys please stop making threats. We love it, they don't . . . that is all, and the world keeps turning!"
A representative for BET, where the video has climbed into the viewer-request top 10 on the daily live countdown show "106th and Park," told TMZ.com the cable channel will continue to air it.