In a time when music can become popular for having no meaning or message, it's great when an Artist really takes a chance to makes the audience think. The Barbadian beauty Rihanna slings a gun in her latest video- 'Man Down' and kills a man. Although I don't believe that one act of violence should lead to another act of violence- in the video Rihanna takes vengeance after being sexually assaulted- or raped. The video shows a struggle between Rihanna and a man that follows her . The video blurs into a subdued Rihanna with the mans hand over her mouth as tears stream down her face. The visual is extremely disturbing and powerful. Obviously it scratches the surface of sexual assault- but it's an important conversation that needs to be had.
The reggae style song features the lyrics "Momma, I just shot a man dead...I never been so proud." In my heart and mind- I can't say I wouldn't side with a woman who has been brutally raped- even though I know 2 wrongs don't make a right but in countries where women have NO power, they are merely things- the laws of the civilized nations do not apply. A woman cannot go to her lawmakers and demand justice. There is none. Women don't have a say- and sometimes the justice is just their own.
"Young girls/women all over the world… we are a lot of things!" Rihanna tweeted following the video's premiere on BET's "106 & Park" on May 31. "We're strong, innocent, fun, flirtatious, vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naÃ¯ve! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!"
To all the women out there who have been raped or assaulted, I wish you peace. Death will not make what has been done go away. Ask Gabrielle Union who spoke out in support of the video. Gabrielle, who was a victim of rape herself, says she tried to shoot her rapist as well- but missed. She goes on further to say that in self defense it's ok, but not ok if pre-meditated. My question is, we show women being hurt and assaulted in the media all the time- but when women are shown reversing the role they are criticized. Why?
Gabrielle tweets "#Mandown video did a GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world Talking abt RAPE," she continued. "I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE."