The latest single "Man Down" from Rihanna's LOUD album world premiered on BET's 106 and Park a couple of days ago. The video is a graphic depiction of the song lyrics that speak on Rihanna shooting a man "in front of a big ol' crowd". The video starts with the actual shooting and then shows the events that lead up to the violent act. With her recent history still kind of defined by the 2009 Chris Brown assault, this video is definitely refreshingly poignant and unexpected (I can't remember the last time an actual gun was not blurred out in a video, early 90's?) and has already caused some controversy. Rihanna who has a lot of people in her corner as a result of the aforementioned Brown beating will definitely strike a chord with young women here.
Rihanna took to her Twitter page to tell fans "Thank you for the amazing response on Man Down video I love you guys, and I love that u got it!!! Young girls/women all over the world... we are a lot of things! We're strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naive!"
The singer continued, "We always think it could never be us, but in reality, it can happen to any of us! So ladies be careful and listen to yo mama! I love you and I care!"
See the controversial clip below: