Tag: Black Entertainment Television

I have new respect for Rihanna

No, not because she is gorgeous, but because she is standing up to whiny groups like the Parents Television Council and defending her video Man Down. Donald Douglas has the story

See Los Angeles Times,Rihanna, BET defend ‘Man Down’ video“:

Rihanna had a simple response Thursday for advocacy groups condemning her latest video: She’s not anyone’s parent.

The singer found herself in the center of controversy this week after the premiere of her latest video, “Man Down,” on BET’s “106 & Park” — a video she promised in a Twitter message would have a “very strong underlying message 4 girls like me.”

It’s that message — which shows her killing a man who has assaulted her — that has drawn the ire of three advocacy groups that work, in part, to combat violent imagery in media.

The Parents Television Council, Industry Ears and the Enough Is Enough Campaign joined to condemn the video and urge Viacom, BET’s parent company, to pull it.

BET said Thursday that it had no intention of doing so.

In a statement, Paul Porter, co-founder of Industry Ears and a former music programmer for BET, described “Man Down” as “an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song. In my 30 years of viewing BET, I have never witnessed such a cold, calculated execution of murder in prime time. Viacom’s standards and practices department has reached another new low.”

“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop,” Porter said, referring to the singer who pleaded guilty to assault in the 2009 beating of Rihanna, his then girlfriend. “Rihanna should not get a pass, and BET should know better.”

The “Man Down” video, which has also been shown on Vevo, the YouTube music site, begins with the singer shooting a man as a crowd of bystanders flee. He is shown dead in a pool of blood. It then flashes back to the previous day, as the singer hangs out with friends, goes clubbing and on the way home is accosted in a dark alley by the same guy. It is implied that he sexually assaults her.

It is a VIDEO, nothing more, it tells a story, and there is ABSOLUTELY nothing, not one damn thing wrong with that! I wonder what groups like the PTC would have us watch, or read? G-rated Disney programming only? Sorry, but I am way past fed up with professional whiners, they gain power by being offended, and telling us we damned well better be offended too!

Just consider a short list of the things that such groups are offended by

Hooters restaurants


“violent” video ganes


Comic books

Wrestling on TV

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

TV or movies that have smoking, guns, bad language, violence, or that might in any way be enjoyed by anyone above the age of nine.

Violent books, you know, like Deant Koontz, James Patterson, or, again any book with any story involving anything dramatic or entertaining at all.

Beer commercials, commercials with attractive women, ESPECIALLY if those commercials are, in any way, entertaining

And very likely THIS BLOG!

And on, and on, and on……………………….