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4 Thoughts About Rihanna and Her “Man Down” Video

1. The rape-revenge fantasy that takes place in “Man Down” is one of the oldest and most effective ways to tell a story. A person is wronged, and they spend the rest of the story tracking down and paying back those who’ve wronged them. We root for the protagonist, and the villian’s comeuppance is cathartic to the entire audience.

In fact, two of my favorite movies — the Kill Bill series (which I count as one movie) and Inglourious Basterds — revolve around this concept.

What separates “Man Down” — and what is probably causing much of the negative attention it’s receiving, not racism or sexism — is the fact that the villain’s payback comes at the beginning. When his gruesome murder is the first thing you see when watching the video, it’s hard to sympathize with the hero. Yes, we eventually see that he was responsible for a rape, but he’s already a dead man so we just don’t care as much.

Just imagine if Kill Bill began with The Black Mamba slicing and dicing through O-Ren and the Crazy 88. The entire movie changes, and Beatrix goes from a wronged woman on a mission to a mass murderer with a stupid name in a stupider jumpsuit.

Still, it’s a f*cking five minute long music video. Who the hell cares if it sends the wrong message about…anything. Maybe the story should have been shown in a sequential order. Maybe Rihanna could have had the guy arrested instead of murking him. Maybe she shouldn’t have gone to a party dressed as Cubana Lust and twerked on a guy with a buck 50 across his face. Maybe they could have included 5 minutes of gratuitous boob and nipple shots instead of three. Who f*cking cares?

Just enjoy the video…or don’t enjoy the video, but don’t call for it to be banned because one idiot out of the billion people who’ll watch it might decide to go Charles Bronson on a rapist.

2. I have to admit that I don’t watch very many videos. In fact, before “Man Down,” Kanye’s “Runaway” was the last one I’ve watched in its entirety, and I honestly can’t remember the last one I watched before that.

I wonder if this apathy is unique to people like me — people who’ve aged out of the music video target audience range — or if videos themselves have just lost a bit of their cultural relevance. They just don’t seem to be the same star-making vehicle that they were a decade ago. More importantly, I’m not certain if kids today anxiously await videos the same way we did for the premieres of songs like “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” “California Love,” and “Triumph,” but it really doesn’t seem like they do.

Anyway, I’m making this point because what happens at the 26 second mark is the most graphically violent thing I’ve ever seen in a music video, and I can’t tell if this was unusually graphic or just par for the course with today’s fare.

Sure, I’ve seen videos with implied violence — “99 Problems,” “Many Men,” and “Stan” immediately come to mind — and I’ve seen hundreds of videos where the artist rapped about violent acts, but I’ve never seen something as graphic as when Rihanna steps out of the shadows and shoots a man her rapist in the throat; a shot that clearly jerks his head back and splatters his blood before it kills him.

(Also, Rihanna — or, rather, this character Rihanna is playing — must be a Navy Seal or some shit, because those are the only people on the planet skilled enough to be 20 feet away and still hit a moving target in a crowd with a freakin revolver. When she’s done serving time for murder, we need to send her ass to Afghanistan)

3. Rihanna has slowly become everything fervent Beyonce critics have always (and unfairly) wanted Bey to be. Basically, she’s, well, interesting, and this interestingness (even at the expense of actual talent) makes her compelling in a way that the ridiculously talented and hard-working Beyonce can never be.

She has an interesting voice, she dresses in an interesting manner, she makes interesting videos, and she says interesting things (her “Cuz I’m black bitch!!!” Twitter take down of a critical fan might be one of the most surprisingly awesome things that’s ever happened on the internet) But, her appeal mainly lies with the fact that she’s a moth — a pretty girl attracted to the flame.

Unlike uber-attractive women who appear to be completely vapid (ie: Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, etc¹) completely normal (ie: Nia Long), or completely burdened by their beauty (ie: Hallie Berry), the moth (ie: Angelina Jolie, Marilyn Monroe, etc) resonates and transfixes through sheer force of personality and the fact that their knack for questionable decision-making humanizes them. They are “The Blower’s Daughters,” the women we just can’t take our eyes off of because we don’t know if they want to f*ck or murder us (or both)

In Rihanna’s case, this even affects how we perceive her music, which, despite her megastardom, remains relatively “eh.” We all know that she doesn’t have the best vocal range or sing the most compelling songs, but her Rihannaness has a way of making her songs interesting by osmosis.

I mean, “Man Down” could have easily been a throwaway track on any of the several Reggae Gold CDs I owned in college, but because Rihanna and Rihanna’s boobs are involved, this song will probably be a hit.

Speaking of boobs…

4. One of my favorite “Seinfeld” episodes revolves around whether Jerry’s girlfriend’s boobs are fake. He finds out that she frequents the same gym as Elaine, and he asks Elaine if she can somehow verify for him while they’re in the locker room. Elaine agrees, chaos ensues, and the episode eventually culminates with Jerry’s girlfriend finding out about Jerry and Elaine’s plans.

Obviously upset, she storms out of Jerry’s apartment, but not before leaving one parting shot.

“And by the way, they’re real, and they’re spectacular

Those who remember my 181 word ode to Erykah Badu’s death-defying ass are probably expecting me to write something similar about Rihanna’s boobs. But while tempted to expound, all that really needs to be said about them is they’re (hopefully) real, and they’re f*cking spectacular.

¹To their credit, I think this vapidness is an act

—The Champ

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://brotherjamesthetastemaker.tumblr.com ChaoticDiva

    Uh yeah. Regardless of how I feel about the Bajan Goat Rihanna, I would like to point out that she did in fact get people to talk about how rampant rape culture is here in the states.

    I support the video (which isn’t saying much since I support capital punishment for rapists and pedophiles), and at this point, I’m really tired of engaging in the he vs. she rhetoric with the general audience who has been sharing their opinions on the matter.

    Carry on.

    • http://brotherjamesthetastemaker.tumblr.com ChaoticDiva

      Oh sh*t, I was first. How did that happen?

      • http://tdlove.wordpress.com Tonya

        You’ll be fine ..as just don’t get too happy about it. LOL

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        Maybe you tithed to the lacefront Gods? Maybe?

    • Yoles

      i also support the video and the talk that is occurring about the rampant rapes that occur here in the states and abroad… rin closing i would like to add that a large percentage of rape is NOT the “stranger” rape we all associate with this heinous crime… i’m going to stop now because rape is one of my hot button issues and i don’t want to start rambling and cursing, crying and pleading…

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Mailuv7 Mailuv7

        U’re def right about that. Critics seemed more concerned about the shooting than the rape itself smh this world makes no sense.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

          Maybe it’s because they didn’t show the rape. I’ll the reason why that would make a difference for someone else to figure out.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            *edit*
            I’ll *leave* the reason *for* why

            Damn. I think I just need to go to bed.

          • http://www.todisspits.blogspot.com MicTheMessenger

            I agree, Ms. TheAnti-Cool. It only hits home when we actually see it.

            Case in point: Derrion Albert.

      • Jhane Sez

        “ i’m going to stop now because rape is one of my hot button issues and i don’t want to start rambling and cursing, crying and pleading….”

        @Yoles… rest easy sis *e-hugs*

        In 1994 Janie’s Got a Gun… in 2011 Rhianna shot a Man Down.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqQn2ADZE1A

        When I originally saw the video I thought it was a conceptual piece using visual, lyrical duality, where the lyrics imply a woman shooting a man down in the club, and the video shows a woman shooting a man down literally.

        I’ve never been raped or molested, but I’ve been tried… and I think it is one of the most violent survivable things that can happen to a person. But I have seen the damage that it does…

        Its not just something that happens to you, I have seen it become an unextractable part of people

        And it scares me

        If folks think this video is violent all I can say is woe be to the motherf*cker who treads in my garden to get at me or mine.

        Because my reaction would be so primitive and medieval CSI would have to call in experts to figure that sh*t out.

        Violent… I think that is how you are supposed to be about.

        I will never forget the episode of Oprah where she goes in on Tom Cruise for his role in the movie Interview with a Vampire. She said the opening scene where he drains a rat into a glass and drinks it made her so sick she had to leave the screening and couldn’t finish watching the film and that it gave her nightmares.

        She asked him how could he contribute to such darkness in the world

        Shortly thereafter Sally Field was on promoting her movie Eye for an Eye. This film opens with a mother talking to her daughter on her cellphone, when Keifer Suther shows up and rapes and murders her while mom is on the phone listening.

        The mom starts frantically running through the streets, not wanting to hang up asking bewildered strangers for help… well that as far as I have gotten because I have never been able to make it through this movie. Even though I know that Sally picks up a gun and exacts revenge it is no comfort.

        The opening of this movie is one of the most violent things I have ever seen on screen and it has given me reoccurring nightmares… I have trouble even writing this.
        Bottom line for me is murder is death of the body, rape is a mortal wounding of the spirit that you have to live with… even now I don’t know which is worse ~JS

        • ac dubois

          Your whole comment is the truth, especially this part:

          Bottom line for me is murder is death of the body, rape is a mortal wounding of the spirit that you have to live with… even now I don’t know which is worse ~JS

        • V Renee

          If folks think this video is violent all I can say is woe be to the motherf*cker who treads in my garden to get at me or mine. .

          Seriously. People laugh when I tell them I have weapons hidden throughout my house/car/purse. But know that if attacked, I will try my hardest at not going down without a vicious fight. Guns, hammers, knives, bats. Whatever. Real deal Holyfield.

          • Jhane Sez

            “Seriously. People laugh when I tell them I have weapons hidden throughout my house/car/purse. But know that if attacked, I will try my hardest at not going down without a vicious fight. Guns, hammers, knives, bats. Whatever. Real deal Holyfield.”

            Girl I stay at the range… I got the Heckler solution if a ninja wants to ask the question.

            I think every woman should really consider taking Krav Magra, which will teach you a 100 different ways to f*ck up an azz hole, and how to escape alive… my daughter starts this summer because here you have to be 17 before they will let you take classes.

            You need to practice your hand to hand because your weapons may fail you ~JS

        • Yoles

          JS… you touched on everything…. everything

          • Jhane Sez

            “JS… you touched on everything…. everything”

            And you touched me ~JS

  • MissE

    I think people should leave it alone. Anyone who has been a victim, or is close to someone who has been a victim of sexual assault knows that it would not be uncommon for the the thought of revenge to go through your mind after experiencing something so traumatic. That’s REAL.

    • Yoles

      +1

      • Sula

        +2

        p.s: like you said, this is such a strong issue for me that I would rather co-sign all day long… or else it will get too intense for me.

        • Mel – The Bone Collector

          +3

          • http://twitter.com/Phidelity15 Phidelity15

            so you added “the bone collector”……niiiiiiice *in my fab voice* lol

            • Mel – The Bone Collector

              Yes! I know a good suggestion when I see one lol

  • S Emm

    Um sorry to burst ur bubble but Rih’s boobies are not real. But they’re still fabulous nonetheless! But this is a great post and I’ll comment more in the morning. It’s waaaay passed my bedtime.

    But I’ll leave with this, once again Carib girls do it best! I’m a little biased. Shrugs.

    • IsOurChildrenLearning?

      They certainly look and move like real ones. I’ve seen enough fakes to think that it is highly unlikely that hers aren’t real.

      • Mel – The Bone Collector

        They look real and spectacular to me too.

      • tgtaggie

        Judging from those pics she sent Chris Brown, I think they are real.

        • Jhane Sez

          “Judging from those pics she sent Chris Brown, I think they are real”

          I had to google this… and I would agree.

          But if they are fake she needs to give me the number of her surgeon in case I want to give the twins a little touch up.

          Don’t judge me… ~JS

      • Nell

        They definitely look real to me.

    • Andi

      Pity they’re fake. They looked great in the “All of the Lights” video.

    • Mo-VSS

      If they’re not real, her doc did a damn good job. I’ve seen some fake ones that actually look and move better than the real things.

      Go figure.

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      For real??? Rihanna got a boob job? I had NO idea. But I shouldn’t be surprised. Kelly Rowland got one too.

      But I shant hate. BOTH of them had fabulous surgeons b/c their clevelands (yes that’s what I said) are glorious. #NoDaBrat

      • Nell

        I agree. If Rihanna’s are fake, that is. I knew about Kelly’s, but I like hers, too – implants that aren’t so obvious (like going from a B cup to a DD and there are no kids involved) are cool.

      • TrackStar

        I think Rhianna’s are real. Kelly Rowland publicly admitted her surgery about 2-3 years ago. She basically said she was tired of being flat chested and wanted a more womanly shape. They look really great and proportionate to me, her doc did a good job.

      • S Emm

        And that’s what’s so great about hers and Kelly’s. They didn’t get ginormous implants. Just the right size for they’re bodies.

        • http://www.todisspits.blogspot.com MicTheMessenger

          Word to Andre 3000.

    • Girl Kanyeshrug

      I think they are real

    • SqueakDaddyKane

      awwww man…..

    • Jacquida

      They are definitely real (remember the nude pics).

      Furthmore, I know this because I am one….Most West Indian women are shaped like that way. We grow up eating and taking care of ourselves in a way that some other women may not. Nothing fake about her. Sorry.

      • S Emm

        I’m west indian too. and we’re shaped all different ways. The only reason that i made that comment was b/c i remember saying it a few yrs back. but if you look at the pics from when she first came out to now, they’re def diff.

        Either way, it doesn’t matter. she looks great and her boobs look AMAZING. if she got implants, so what

      • hehe

        I’m West Indian too and I thought we came in different sizes.

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      WHAT?! If true, that is probably the best boob job I’ve evah seent. Like, they all supple and whatnot.

  • http://sisterescape.blogspot.com Nicole M.

    interesting voice? i think you mean she sounds like crap 95% of the time.

    • bittersweet’s baby

      Tee Hee Hee :)

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      WELP.

    • tgtaggie

      Sometimes I think she can sound like a cat in heat.

      • miss t-lee

        That’s an insult to a cat in heat man…lol

        • http://twitter.com/#!/legitimate_soul legitimate_soul

          LOL

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        The cat’s response: http://bit.ly/1tuL2z

        • miss t-lee

          CTFU!

        • naturalista88

          ^____^____^___________________
          *iFlatlined*

        • http://thecurvyfashionista.mariedenee.com Marie Denee

          That image is forever seared into my memory. Thank you for this… DEAD…

  • IsOurChildrenLearning?

    I think the easy access to music videos via youtube has killed this generations excitement and anticipation for them. It did it for me. Once it got to the point where I could look up any vid I stopped checking for them on television. In fact, I don’t check for them on Youtube either. With so much dope ish on the internet why would I set aside five minutes to watch a random Taylor Swift video? Since no one watches them on tv, networks stopped showing them. So you really only see vids that you seek out. You don’t see all the hottest joints from all genres in one place anymore.

    Anyway, I like the song a lot, and since the video doesn’t suck I guess I like it as well. I agree that the initial scene was too graphic. The blood splatter is what got me. I don’t think that it HAD to be included to get the point across. The couldv’e just showed her shooting and then skipped to the rapist sprawled on the ground in the pool of blood. That being said, that scene wasn’t terrible enough for me to be moved to protest or anything.

    • Andi

      “I think the easy access to music videos via youtube has killed this generations excitement and anticipation for them. It did it for me.” <- This is an excellent point.

      • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

        When I first read this, I thought you were yelling so I was going to respond with telling you to calm yourself down. But, on second reading you are in fact not yelling.

        • Andi

          Malik…. what? lol

          • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

            I read people’s comment here in different voices. When I first glanced at yours, it was really, really loud.

            • IsOurChildrenLearning?

              LMAO!!

            • Yoles

              off topic: Malik was that me you saw in the city monday evening?

              • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

                It was in fact I.

                • Yoles

                  well now i’m mad at you… i did not see you.. but you saw me… you should have said something…. DON’T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN if you see me say something!!!

                  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

                    I’m shy.

    • Nell

      This is true. I remember MJ videos premiering right after primetime television on Sunday nights, and kids talking about it the next day. There were even shows dedicated to making the videos on MTV, and that was when you saw the world premiere. Now, YouTube has not only killed the excitement, but you can also see content that originally wasn’t allowed.

      • Kema

        I always think of Hammer’s pumps and a bump premiering on Arsenio Hall.

        Next day in school… “was that a sock?” lol! I was too young (sheltered) to really know why we were so excited but I played it off.

        • Kema

          *ooops* I saw my mistake right when it was being sent.

          • WIP

            You did this Kema….

            • Kema

              *hides behind the tree* Yes’m

        • Mr SoBo

          @Kema – “was that a sock?”
          No. It was three pairs of socks.

      • kamakula

        Wow, you were around to see the premier of MJ videos.

    • Dasher of The Newport Dashers

      Youtube is attempting to do a TRL-type countdown, by making it easier to track the top music videos. This will attempt to make watching music videos a social activity again. This could conceivably lead to a youtube video countdown show, with hyped premiers.

    • Around the Way Girl

      Artists still try to hype their videos…they release little trailers for them online (a trailer for a 5 minute video? Yes smh). I think this does more harm than good for the video because the teasers will look more dope than the video actually is…then when the video comes out people are disappointed. Ex: Beyonce- Run the World. These artists really need to stop with that.

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “I think the easy access to music videos via youtube has killed this generations excitement and anticipation for them.”

      Good point. Especially given all the leaks that happen and whatnot. Well… I mean, I think it only killed it for television. Because the fact that there are so many leaks may SPEAK to the excitement not necessarily kill it. Youtube/Googlean’nem have to scramble to take down beaucoup copyrighted material speaks to that. It just so happens to be a different venue.

  • CaribbeanQueen

    Whatchu know about riddims and reggae gold? lol let me find out..

    • Nell

      My father used to have all of the “Simply The Best” compilations. LOL

      • Yaadgyrl

        Brsp…brap…brap!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Mailuv7 Mailuv7

    I loved the song from the moment I heard it, but this is the 1st time seeing the video. I read about the big hoopla surrounding it, which I thought was unnecessary and a pitiful attempt to garner attention for their (Parents Television Council) cause. There are way more lewd, sexist and just visually wrong videos in existence for them to harp on Man Down. I say let the girl be great.

    I died a slow death laughing at “she’s everything Bey fans want Bey to be”.

    • OutrageousFlair

      I’ve always believed that if Rihanna could sing well and dance like Janet, she would be THE Beyonce killer!…lol

      • http://twitter.com/itztrizz617 herbetteroption

        if rihanna could sing…bey wouldnt be able to hold a candle to her

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          So we’re workin off “if’s” now? o.O

          If Taylor Swift was black, Kanye wouldn’t have Kanye’d her. If Obama was Hispanic, all immigration hell would break loose. If money grew on trees, everybody would still want for something…

          Point is: she can’t sang doe. So Bey technically holds the biggest, and most important candle in a singer’s career, which is an actual singing voice even if she’s a robot .

        • WIP

          I think there’s more to it than that though. Beyonce has a history and a strong DC fan base. Rhianna would have to sing, dance, get married to one of the most popular rappers in history, win some Grammies (Grammys?), and star in some movies to be on par with Beyonce. (Jordan-Lebron?)

          • WIP

            …I don’t really mean she has to do everything Beyonce has done, IJS ya girl ain’t even close.

    • Jacquida

      I TOTALLY agree with you. Though I love Beyonce… she has never had any edge. I’ve been a fan since Destiny’s Child and she has never been one to stir up controversy.

      Rihanna’s album is fire BECAUSE its light, energetic, sexy, risque and fun. Plus… who is her stylist????!?!?!

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        “Plus… who is her stylist????!?!?!”

        OK?! She’s been working the quirky bright suits lately and I’ve been drooling.

  • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

    I don’t particularly care for Rihanna; I think she’s made a career off of an accent and being “controversial” instead of actual talent. I think the video and song is classic reggae, which is good…

    As for the initial violence, I was taken aback a bit, but not by much. There are shows on prime-time about rapists, murders and the like so I think as a society we’ve become desensitized to it in a way…

    -.- I’m tired, but there’s some good stuff in what I said I hope.

    • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

      “I think she’s made a career off of an accent and being “controversial” instead of actual talent”

      You could say this same thing bout most British actors in Hollywood. See: Colin Farrell

      • http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com Luvvie

        Wait. Colin Farrell is Irish. Well them too.

      • WeGottaDoBetter

        Russell Brand, maybe?

      • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Ricky Gervais most definitely…and yes, I do usually say the same for foreign comedians; they’re foreign funny, which most Americans don’t get but they laugh anyway so… -_-

        • http://twitter.com/itztrizz617 herbetteroption

          Ricky Gervais is actually funny tho…Russell Brand irritates me

          • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

            Ricky Gervais is kind of Simon Cowell/Piers Morgan funny to me. In any case, the market on rude English men is pretty much covered at this point…

        • Boo Radley

          Eddie Izzard is hilarious.

    • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      Coherancy comes with daylight…

      *ahem*

      The video, in a sea of other videos that make no damn sense or are the same format as others (men standing in front of a rented nice car, women scantily clad in the background, money falling from the sky and scene.) Rihanna’s video stands out because she tries to make it mean something… but she failed at making an impact once again and is just making controversy.

      However, a trend I notice with Rihanna is that whenever she needs sales, she tends to do “controversial” things (or has controversial things happen to her; some of my friends still call Chris “Beat ‘er Down” Brown) like go “dark,” talk about S&M given her background with domestic violence and now shooting a man in the throat in the first thirty seconds of a medicore music video. She does it because she wants to be interesting not because she is.

      I think people are having a hard time with it for no other reason than they have nothing else to do. The days of “good news is still news” is now gone, so if somebody somewhere is not getting raped, shanked, ran over, or otherwise maimed and exploited…gotta dig deep for that news story.

      Also, and lastly, Beyonce is a robot. Robots are interesting, kind of. What she is not is empowering, uplifting or a role model based off of what she sings, not what she does after. Besides, it’s not up to entertainers to be role models; their job is to entertain. Role model falls squarely into the “parenting” part of the pie chart; parents are the first models we have and over time show us who our models should be. Maybe there’s the problem.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

        Love this whole comment and I agree with everything you said here.

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          ;) We always eye to eye AC.

      • SqueakDaddyKane

        i agree with everything but one thing…beyonce being a robot. i don’t think so. For some reason beyonce comes off to me as someone who treats what she does as a job. Her dad put her into it when she was a kid and it’s basically all she knows how to do. Her music is not about her life, her experience, or her dreams. It’s just all she’s ever known to do. Which is why she comes off like that I think. I’ll bet she really wanted to be something else in life, but she was good so she kept at it. I don’t see her being this way outside of the stage, I think it’s all an act.

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          C’mon son…you know she got that Stepford Wife look on her face during every interview and fan meet and greet. It’s okay to embrace her automation.

          • SqueakDaddyKane

            ROFL. Tes, u silly. Real talk, I can’t honestly see Jay-Z havin more interest in her than just her looks, altho if she anything like her momma she will age very well. But still, she seems like it’s all an act, and that when she’s home she has a whole diff personality. At least I hope. Then again in the words of the wise Akeem and Semi:

            Akeem: So you would share your bed and your kingdom, with a beautiful fool?
            Semi: That’s the way it has always been with men of power, it is tradition!

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        “Also, and lastly, Beyonce is a robot. Robots are interesting, kind of.”

        LOL, I think what makes her so intriguing is that she’s as interesting and alive as a downtrodden piece of bologna but on stage she is hype dinna MUG. The switch-up is pretty impressive, actually.

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          On stage she’s “Sasha” or whoever-the-hell. What I find interesting is that even she doesn’t think she’s interesting enough on stage to be herself.

          • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

            Exactly.

          • SqueakDaddyKane

            DAG!

            That was *Rick James voice* cold blooooded!

            • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

              You know you laughed doe Squeakers lol

              • Mr SoBo

                I laughed.

                • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                  And for that you get a free lapdance my love SoBo :)

      • Jacquida

        Exactly, wer should not be looking at Rihanna or any other entertainers to raise our youth.

        However, I disagree with the idea that because she was domestically abused that she should NOT have made the video (out of some sort of responsibility to young women???). I think this album has a alot of relevancy being that she was a victim of Chris “Beat’er Down” Brown. (He’s STILL Fine though!!!!). A woman who has experienced a dosmetic dispute is more likely to be enraged and have some very untimely outbursts. The S&M content and outwardly sexual songs as well as violence on the album could clearly point to a woman who has been damaged. Now, I’m not saying Rihanna was clever enough to come up with this concept but her song writers knew exactly what they were contrusting when they ENGINEERED Loud.

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          I’m not saying she shouldn’t have made the video, I’m saying she should have made it better than she did being that she was a victim and could give a poignant yet beautiful portrayal of that. I felt the video wasn’t what it could have been, that’s all.

          As for “Beat ‘er Down” Brown: it’s not up to him to make ammends with me, and so my “forgiveness” of him isn’t warranted nor is anyone elses but the one he wronged. He is, however, fine denna muhfugga…what were we talkin about? o.O

          • kamakula

            How exactly does bring a victim of violence translate into making a better movie our video on the subject? Everybody in pron had had s3x yet many of those videos still have a bum rap.

            • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

              As a victim of violence a person would have a better eye for realism and the emotion behind the characters they portray as well as have a better understanding of the character’s emotional range. Aesthetically, a victim knows better than most what victimization looks like and can accurately and poignantly show that.

              As for pr0n, just cause they know how to do it certainly doesn’t mean they know how to do it right or know how their own faces look while doing it. I’m just saying…

              • kamakula

                But someone being raped knows what their faces looked like while it was happening? Someone having sex doesn’t have a good idea for the emotion behind it?

                Aesthetically, a victim knows what it feels like. What someone looks like is very arbitrary. Torture is a great example. I’m betting an accurate depiction of torture would probably not satisfy most people.

  • TJ

    I 100% co-sign the shooting of a rapist. Forget rule of law, you rape anyone, all sympathy goes out the window. The only problem with that becoming accepted is in cases where the accusation is false.

    Anyhu, I love the song and video. And once again, I co-sign the shooting of rapists. That is all.

    • Yoles

      +1

      • Sula

        +2

        • Boo Radley

          Yep.

    • sanen85

      I can understand the urge to take revenge, but I can’t cosign taking that revenge in my own hands to the point of taking a person’s life.

      • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

        I think reasonable thing would be to chemically castrate all sex offenders. Its been discussed in the courts. If they rape someone, they lose their privileges.

        • Shay

          Chemical castration does little to curb rape. Generally speaking, rape has little to do with sexual attraction and everything to do with power and control. Folks with those types of compulsions simply go to raping people with props.

          • Deeds

            Well at least a potential victim won’t have to worry about potential STD’s or pregnancy from their rapist, although raping with props still sounds traumatizing.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

            Exactly. In fact, I would imagine chemical castration would make some men even more enraged and violent.

            • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

              Its supposed to reduce aggression.

    • V Renee

      I 100% co-sign the shooting of a rapist. .

      Me Too!!!

    • http://www.todisspits.blogspot.com MicTheMessenger

      An eye for an eye. You rape, you GET raped.

      I say this thinking about the bastard that raped and then murdered 5 yr old Sheniya Davis. I’ve never wished bad on anyone, and as a Christian, i believe in unconditional forgiveness. But what he did– i ain’t even gon front, it hurt me in my spirit. I wished they woulda stuck him in prison and let him get gang raped repeatedly.

      #IMJUSTSAYIN

    • Yaadgyrl

      Gun shot fi buss up inna rapist head!

    • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “Forget rule of law, you rape anyone, all sympathy goes out the window. The only problem with that becoming accepted is in cases where the accusation is false. ”

      Baddabing. I agree with the notion that “rapists, in a way, take away the victim’s life because a huge part of them dies inside.”

  • miss t-lee

    Not a huge Rhianna fan, I prefer to listen to her music s/c (esp. “Rude Boy”) :-) , if at all. I had to give her props on telling that chick “bcuz I’m Black b*tch!”. That was great, it’s pretty much what you wanna tell any 2520 who asks way too many questions about your hair. I saw the video over the weekend, IDK, didn’t really have an opinion about it either way. Maybe I’ve seen too many gangster flicks…lol

    • Around the Way Girl

      Lol I’m not on Twitter but I’ll look at celebrities’ pages from time to time, and Rihanna’s is hilarious. She’s witty, and her comeback game is on point.

      • http://twitter.com/itztrizz617 herbetteroption

        shes genuine which is sayin alot for a popstar (Gaga goes overboard, Kesha tries too hard, u rarely see the real Britney or Beyonce)

      • miss t-lee

        I did she how she was clowing Ciara a few months back, pretty hilarious!

        • miss t-lee

          *see, and clowning….lawd!!! :)

          • Britt

            I read about Rihanna’s random twitter posts and laugh…chick is hilarious…she seems FUN….and as much as I respect Bey’s hustle, cuz the girl’s hustle game is sick, chick is BORING…

            plus, I don’t think Rihanna is trying to be anything, she just is…remember how wack she was when she first came out, that was her trying to be a sexy island girl mermaid chick, that was her trying…soon as she dropped that image and went “I’ma do this how I wanna” Rhi-Rhi…she turned into a rockstar…

            she’s like the girl version of Diddy…