It didn’t take long for Rihanna to respond to all the chit chatter about her new video. She did it twice yesterday.
For BET’s 106 & Park, Rih Rih came with the politically correct, PR approved response and made her purpose in making this video very clear. She explained from jump that her intention was not to create pointless controversy, but to make a mini movie that explored something very real in “raw, artistic” fashion.
“Rape is, unfortunately, happening all over the world and in our own homes and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn’t happen,” Rihanna said. “Boys and girls feel compelled to be embarrassed about it, and they hide it from everyone, including their teachers, their parents, and their friends. That only continues to empower the abusers.”
She pointed out that the song’s lyrics show that her character is remorseful about the killing. However, the lyrics don’t mention a rape, but Rihanna said that part was added to the video to flesh out the story.
“Making that into a mini-movie or video, we needed to go back to why it happened,” she said. “Obviously she’s not a cold-blooded killer. It had to be something so offensive. And we decided to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you’ve been victimized in this scenario.”
Adding that she, by no means, condones murder or any other form of violence, Rihanna added:
“I’ve been abused in the past, and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time,” she said. “I just really want girls to be careful. Have fun, be sassy, be innocent and sweet, be everything that you are. But just try not to be naive.”
Her response on Twitter, while being respectful, was a little less polite.