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The Parents Television Council has called out the Bajan beauty and BET for airing the video, which includes a rather violent scene of Rihanna shooting the man who rapes her. According to PTC, the video glamorizes a "cold, calculated execution of murder."
But the PTC isn't the only group taking issue with the graphic video. The entertainment watchdog group Industry Ears, also sees the video as a vicious double standard in regards to Rihanna's previous relationship with Chris Brown.
"Man Down' is 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 primetime. Viacom's standards and practices department has reached another new low," said Industry Ears co-founder and former BET employee, Paul Porter. "If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass."
The organizations are also calling for BET and its parent company Viacom to stop airing the music video which premiered on the cable network's '106 & Park' Tuesday (May 31). Both groups claim that given her domestic altercation with Brown, she should have used the platform to send a non-violent message to victims of physical abuse and rape.
This isn't the first time that Rihanna has been in hot water with the PTC -- they also lashed out at her for her sexy performance of 'S&M' alongside Britney Spears at this year's Billboard Music Awards.
Watch Rihanna's 'Man Down'