I’ve been reading and listening to the feedback on the backlash for Rihanna‘s music video and decided to chime in.
Rihanna has been defending her latest music video, Man Down, where she executes the man who rapes her. The raw and violent video was directed by Anthony Mandler and has indeed provoked conversations internationally.
It’s kind of ironic, given her recent history with the infamous Chris Brown fiasco that she would indulge in such a graphic video, but she stands by her decision and claims that it is “art” and not a means to incite violence. Maybe it’s life imitating art or vice versa, but rape is real and happening EVERYDAY! Let’s stop sugarcoating it.
Last Tuesday, the Parents Television Council called the clip “disturbing” and asked BET to stop airing it. But on Thursday’s 106 & Park, BET’s music video countdown show, Rihanna called in and said the video is “art with a message”.
Rihanna stated: “I’ve been abused in the past and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time.” She also added, “If I can be a voice for so many that aren’t heard, then I win twice.”
Which is worse, the fact that the victim shot her aggressor in the video? Or that she went to Jamaica and was raped?
The uproar is resounding but more kudos to the victims that stand up for themselves and take power back into their own hands. Now don’t get me wrong, I do not condone violence, but trust me, if you were a father and a man viciously raped your daughter or wife, wouldn’t you want to castrate him? Would you not want to fight back and defend yourself if you were viciously attacked and robbed of a piece of yourself?
But the rape based in Jamaica is not far fetch either. Though it happens in every corner of the world, I recently read an article in the Jamaica Gleaner that states some alarming statistics on rape in the country. And please note, these are only of the REPORTED cases!
“The analysis, which was done using rape cases reported between January last year (2010) and April this year (2011), found that males between the ages of 14 and 25 years are most likely to commit sexual assault.
Some 88 rape cases were reported during the first quarter of this year (2011), nine more than for the same period last year, raising concerns among the Police High Command.
The NIB said female students between the ages of 10 and 20 years are most vulnerable to sexual attacks, with 58 per cent of victims falling in this category.
The study found that in 90 per cent of sexual attacks, the offender travels to the scene on foot, and in 73 per cent of the cases, is known to the victim.”
The same news article also stated that those rapes mostly occurred during dances, parties, outings and even at wakes!
Despite Rihanna shooting her aggressor (model Oraine Barrett) in the video, she was visibly shaken at her act of revenge.
In the U.S. a rape occurs every 2 minutes!
2 out of 3 assaults are committed by someone the victim knew!
Maybe there should be a law that every man that commits a sexual crime against a woman should be hung by his dick until it falls off!
P.S. Tell the Parents Television Council shove it because there is so many graphic shows on prime time TV, awards shows that have lewd sex performances, music videos which degrade women and cartoons like SPONGEBOB SQUARE PANTS that should be forever banned! It is the duty of every parent to have these discussions with their child and not depend on Rihanna or TV to teach them about the cold dark world! – Rrrrrum-pop-a-pom-pom!
Over and out!
****If you are a victim of rape or know someone who needs help, please call your local Rape Crisis Hotline or go to www.rainn.org for further assistance.