Rihanna has been a controversial music figure in recent years for all the wrong reasons. As a victim of physical abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, rapper/singer Chris Brown, Rihanna was victim-blamed and cast aside as she watched her fans post messages of support for her abuser all over the web. As a saucy provocateur and performer of sex-laden songs like 2011′s “S&M,” Rihanna is no stranger to controversy over her personal life and music.
Now, Rihanna is facing backlash and calls for boycotts from parenting and “family values” groups for the video for her latest single, “Man Down.” The video features a quite-fierce Rihanna shooting her rapist in cold blood, and feeling remorseful about what she has done. Lyrics from the song read: “‘Cause I didn’t mean to hurt him/Could’ve been somebody’s son/And I took his heart when/I pulled out that gun.” [Read more...]