Apparently, not everyone loves Rihanna’s new “Man Down” video as much as I do. After its release, critics from the Parents Television Council blasted the singer for glorifying violence and murder.

The PTC wrote:

“Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability. The message of the disturbing video could not be more off base.”

While I don’t think Rihanna was promoting violence or telling all rape victims to murder their attackers anymore than the Godfather promotes killing all of your enemies, the Bajan beauty’s response to the controversy speaks for itself.

RiRi has a few words for her critics–parent your own kids.

While I understand the need to want entertainers to send positive messages to their fans, especially young ones, I don’t think criticizing an artist’s every move is the best route to take. Instead of decrying Rihanna for showing a woman killing her attacker, perhaps parents can use this as a teachable moment to reenforce the idea that respecting others (and their bodies) is never negotiable.

What do you think of Rihanna’s response to the critics? Sound off!

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  • Rakel

    I love the song and video. I don’t think she’s promoting violence in the video. For one thing I love how she points out it’s a parents job to make sure their children don’t turn out any way. My parents raised my sisters and I, they didn’t rely on the media to do their job. It’s the parents job to instill the values they want in their child(ren), as well as differentiate between real life and tv. Yes you’ll want good role models who are famous, or entertainers, and etc, but people will be people and that’s why parents need to be their kids teachers instead of being outraged by what others do in their lives. Of course kids are going to be impressionable from what they see, but that’s where good parenting steps in to place.