Singer Rihanna is defending her new controversial music video and the message behind it after several groups blasted its violent opening scene.
The singer’s “Man Down” music video opens with her gunning down her alleged rapist and then leaving the scene.
“We just wanted to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you’ve been victimized in this scenario,” Rihanna said on BET’s “106 & Park” show Thursday, the Associated Press reported.
The video debuted on BET Tuesday night.
BET will continue to air the clip, since Rihanna’s video “complied with the network’s” guidelines and was approved for air,” the Associated Press reported.
Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted to her fans that the video has a “very strong underlying message 4 girls like me!”