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Rihanna "Murder" Music Video Stirs Debate

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Like us on Facebook! Visit the official Mahalo page: Rock star or role model? That's the question the media -- and an angry parents group -- is debating about Rihanna. The 23 year-old R&B singer released a violent new music video for her song "Man Down." In the video, the singer is depicted shooting a man who sexually assaults her. The video appears to be a not-too-subtle jab at former boyfriend Chris Brown, who infamously battered Rihanna in 2009.? Rihanna is now defending her career after the Parents Television Council demanded she take the video off TV. The PTC's Melissa Henson said, "Today's youth need more positive strategies for dealing with conflict than those portrayed in the Rihanna video. This video is one ... that lyrically or graphically glorifies violence and other behavior inappropriate for teens and youth."? In response to the outrage, Rihanna took to Twitter on Thursday, June 2, 2011, when she wrote, "The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! It's your job to make sure they don't turn out like US."? The PTC's outcry has so far fallen on deaf ears. The BET has refused to stop playing the controversial video. A rep for network told TMZ that they maintain a "comprehensive set of standards" and that the "Rihanna 'Man Down' video complied with these guidelines."? Sources:
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