Man Down vs Monster


Ok here in the U.S.A. there is such a thing as freedom of expression… art and other wise. but when does it go too far? For the past week or so everyone has been weighing in on the Rihanna video and song Man Down, In the song and video she sings about a girl who shoots and kills her rapist. The video is a bit graphic as it does show her shoot her attacker in a train station full of people. She has good aim too because she shoots him square in the head. The Parents Television Council  wants her video banned. Well there are  far worse videos out there if you ask me. Here are some of the lyrics to Rhianna’s song:

MAN DOWN

didn’t mean to end his life
I know it wasn’t right
I can’t even sleep at night
Can’t get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight
Before I end up behind bars

What started out as a simple altercation
Turned into a real sticky situation
Me just thinking on the time that I’m facing
Makes me wanna cry

‘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

didn’t mean to end his life
I know it wasn’t right
I can’t even sleep at night
Can’t get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight
Before I end up behind bars

What started out as a simple altercation
Turned into a real sticky situation
Me just thinking on the time that I’m facing
Makes me wanna cry

‘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 ….

           

Now she sings about shooting a man. Killing him. And how she feels about it. The video shows her having a great day enjoying friends and laughing, then going partying with her girls. Nothing wrong in that. Everyone does that. She then dances with a nice looking young man and he seems to think there will be more than just dancing. She eventually leaves the club, begins to walk home alone. When Mr. club man shows up walking right behind her. He pushes her into a dark alley. And we are left to assume he does in fact rape the girl Rihanna portrays in the video. So whats a girl to do? She is left crying, hurt, humiliated, and shattered. Her next resort? She gets her Gun, she named Peggy Sue, goes to the train station. Where she tracked him down and she aims her gun, pulls the trigger and kills him dead on the spot. So The Parents Television Council is all up in arms about her video. Because its violent! Well what about all the other videos that show violence against women, or anyone else? I haven’t heard a peep out of The Parents Television Council until now and they are screaming foul on Ri-Ri’s video? I get what she is saying. As a former victim myself I did indeed want to kill my attacker. I had it all planned out. In great detail too. But then I realized.. He isn’t worth MY time! So I did one better, I reported him and he did pay and still is! But violence against anyone isn’t the answer, I do get it trust me!  Now onto my next video subject. Kanye West’s new video and song Monster. In the “song” if you can call a rappers music.. Songs, He is talking about needing to see the Mother F***ing hands of his fans at a concert, and that he is a monster. But the video on the other hand is so grossly violent and just plain sick its hard to watch it at all. At one point he is holding the severed head of a young woman by the hair in his hands   in other scenes he is sitting in a bed with two attractive young women… who you finally realize are very much, DEAD!  as he poses them into other positions. The video if you ask me crosses over lines that Rihanna’s didn’t even touch. He is portraying a serial killer. Where as Rihanna’s is about   Vigilantism, Kanye’s is just about being well.. sick! At what point do we as a country say enough? At what point do we as a country say “You have officially crossed the line?” Where does all the violence end. Once again its violence against women in a video that is too graphic for television. This video, MONSTER needs an R rating for violence. I can’t imagine when The Parents Television Council started crying about what Rihanna does as a role model, Which that isn’t her job. And yet turn a blind eye to Kanye. So where is their sense of decency now? I think if I have to watch a video on T.V. and I can’t leave, my choice would have to be MAN DOWN, at least Rihanna isn’t holding a severed head in her hands. I just believe Hollywood as a whole has indulged this sort of art form for far too long. I have to agree with a statement another artist posted on his Twitter the other day.. “What Ever Happened To Happy Music?”  Music should be about happiness and joy. Even if it is singing the blues, it doesn’t have to objectify women, kill people, or rape either. It should inspire and make everyone dream of what they could do positively in their lives to make a difference. Man Down verses Monster? Man Down is like a day in the park. Where as Monster is like a living nightmare! Or just maybe that’s Mr. West’s point. You decide… let me know.

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