Keri Hilson Won’t Apologize for Controversial Video

Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson has braved a hailstorm of criticism following the debut of her raunchy video for “The Way You Love Me,” but she’s setting the record straight. The singer, whose sophomore album No Boys Allowed is due December 21, spoke with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez about how she’s not making any apologies for the controversial clip.

“I’m just saying what women really think and feel and if I’m gonna be honest about myself, I have to show that side of myself,” explained the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer. “You can’t have a song talking about what it’s talking about and not show a little more. It’s a love story really.”

Despite the backlash, the blonde bombshell isn’t letting the bad comments outweigh the good. “Even though it’s gotten crazy, crazy, crazy bad reviews, it’s also gotten some great reviews from women who respect it and women who did feel empowered by it. So that, to me, overshadowed the ones that didn’t understand it. I feel good.”

Miss Keri shared that the song is actually about being in a committed relationship. “Look, sometimes, this is what we want. If I’m in a room and I’m writing from a girl’s perspective, I may be a small percentage of a freak, but I am a freak! There’s a time to be that,” she giggled. “If you’re being real with yourself—I’m not talking about giving it to everybody—I’m in a relationship and I’m saying look, tonight, I don’t want to caress. I want you to f**k me tonight!”

And don’t expect the feisty video vixen to back down anytime soon. “I believe in artistry and interpretation,” justified Keri. “Whatever repercussions come, I’m willing to be on that chopping block for entertainment’s sake.”

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75 Comments

  1. YEAH

    umm nobody care anyway

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  2. Breezy

    WHO THE HELL IS COMPLAINING ? I KNOW I AINT !!!

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  3. Geoff

    “It’s a love story really.”

    Yeah, first thing that popped in my mind when I saw it was how it reminds me of The Notebook.

    Oh wait, no it didn’t. It reminded me od p0rn. Only the music was worse…

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  4. 1234

    This is the same artist who did an interview with Complex Magazine and said she didn’t want to be the type of artist who sells sex. Then she turns around and does exactly what she was talking against doing, which makes her a hypocrite. How does she goes from a classy Pretty Girl Rock music video, to this.

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  5. Anne

    funny how she always proclaimed that she’s the badest chick outta ATL..ha! it took all that ish and grinding(porno add) to get you noticed? Kerry who? NEXT!

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  6. Truth

    Apologize for what??? Keri keep doing you its keeping your name in everyones mouth Haters are always welcome. “No Boys Allowed Dec 21st”

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  7. Whats My Name

    From “You Got One More Time To Feel On My Booty” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> To “I Got The Kind Of Pussy That Will Keep You Off The Streets”

    Hypocrisy?

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  8. Gina

    proud slut

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  9. nina

    @Truth, i hope she pays you to promote her album. stop worshipping these people.

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  10. Whats My Name

    From “You got one more time to feel on my booty” >>>> To “I got the kind of P***y that will keep you off the streets”

    Hypocrisy?

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  11. mrmagoo

    I want to see her face when her first week album sales come in! I CANNOT WAIT!!! Keri girl, wake up!!!

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  12. itsoscaryo

    Does anyone in here honestly care? Keri, bye.

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  13. Breezy

    lol at the all the jealous broads hating ….ya u wish u had a body like keri lmao …no straight guy should be complaining about this …

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  14. QueenBeyonce

    how is this bad all of you who commented have done the same thing with your life. stop lying to yourselves lmfaoo.

    anyway the song is a love story there is a song on the album that is a promo movie like this and it shows her and columbus short together win they first start dating and hwo he got into drungs an stuff like that and then she had to choose him or the law.

    and she is right women and men feel like this all the time if you sit here and tell yourself you aint neva felt like telling your partner to just f you then you are a delusional liar

    get it keri i will be buying your album. the way you love me made me a fan. you have stepped your game up. the fans you losed will equal out in the ones you gain. i know i am now a fan. from breakin point to pretty girl rock to this your songs have been on point

    and congrats keri hilson debuted at #72 on the hott 100. where is ciara lmfao

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  15. Are you serious!!

    I hate when skank’s try & play it off & say they’re speaking on behalf of all women. Keri is DELUDED if she’ really think’s her video helped to empower all women. I’ve got no respect for her as an artist, she has no identity of her own, she’s so desperate to be on top she will do ANYTHING, go blonde, bleach her skin, become skanky. She DOES NOT represent black women AT ALL.

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  16. boom

    video is dope, only ppl that hated are women who don’t look as good as her..

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  17. @___@

    who is keri hilson??
    I just know CIARA : D

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  18. thadundun

    “it’s also gotten some great reviews from women who respect it and women who did feel empowered by it”

    who exactly are you talking about?? prostitutes don’t buy music!

    i see xtina in this one… AND THAT AIN’T A GOOD THING!

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  19. music guru

    All yall is crazy especially Geoff Hehe Lmfao

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  20. MB92

    @QueenBeyonce Keri’s Promo > Ciara’s Promo yeahh….. im a stan of ciara’s but her chart performance is truely reflecting her promo, she’s doing alot but not as much as she could be doing. her management SUCKS. but to be honest i think Keri ment to make this video controversial for the attention. she much have liked the attention ciara got from “Ride”

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  21. jhoopz

    lol u wonder who exactly ther talkin bout that would b me! Shez definately on sum kanye ish right now. you gonna love her or hater but shez speakin da truth! music is an art and a platform that of which u can express urself with whatever the topic maybe! u do u ms keri baby!!

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  22. NotImpressed

    I’m a woman and in no way, shape or form, does this song or video make me feel empowered. What? You’re doing too much Keri and I don’t think it will help album sales much.

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  23. Petra

    The song is kinda like a female version of Akon’s “I Wanna LOVE You”. I don’t remember him getting so much grief about it. It’s the same old story, if a man does it he’s a boss, but if it’s a woman, she’s a slut.

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  24. Phoenix_Wright

    if rihanna or beyonce would have done it… well yall kno the rest! XP

    dont apologize keri!

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  25. k

    of course a girl with no respect for herself will go around humping air and f*cking oxygen thts floating. People with morals and class will not approve. There are many sexy things she could have done to interpret the song with a little class, but this makes me wanna gag!

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  26. Lets be Real

    Yeah the same people saying her album aint gon sell are gonna be fkn dumbfounded when her first week sales come in. Watch when the official tracklisting gets released. its gonna be 2 easy.

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  27. dc

    ^ most of these comments are straight ignorant

    keri’s dope. let her be

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  28. Sade

    I’m a women and i’m sick and tired of artist like Keri & Christina Aguilera taling about empowerment and stripping your clothes off. There is nothing empowering about it your just exploiting your body for men & money.

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  29. jojo

    I think she should just lie on her back to make the money. She is too old for this kind of dancing. She is a nasty soul. The next problem is to get Dawn of Dirty Money to start putting clothes on. No on wants to see her crap all the time.

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  30. jhuntdaprodigy

    “It’s a love story really” …okay Keri sweetheart, keep telling yourself that lol. I have no problem with it, being a male, I liked what I saw lol, but yeah……not a good look as far as being a respected female artist goes Keri. I’m not a woman, so I can’t speak on if she’s just saying what all women think, I doubt all women really think like that though, if they do, then they sure as hell don’t talk abt it to the general public. I close my statement with a Luda quote “I want a lady in the street, but a freak in the bed” ponder that Ms. Keri baby

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  31. mirage

    Im a male so obviously i didnt see much wrong with the video or song but after doing some research and talking to other females about the song and video I noticed something. The difference between a girl and a woman. See the little girls pretend that everything she said in the song and did is the worst thing ever to be done. The women DID think it had some tasteless moments but knew exactly what she was talking about and related to it. Little girls will pretend that they are virgin mary’s but be the same ones saying and doing god knows what. I just think people can be the biggest hyprocrites.

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  32. LovelyBones

    IF a woman wants to F*** her dude, she keep it to herself much like this video Keri should have kept to herself. It was too much. I don’t care what yall butt kissers are saying. It’s too much for her, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara, whoever. If you want to be respected as a lady, ACT like a lady.

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  33. N***a Please

    Keri Hilson = irrelevant.

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  34. Luel14

    And we wouldnt apologize when she sell 100 copies of no slut allowed.

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  35. From Tokyo

    Yet you cared enough to comment @YEAH. Anyway, I don’t think over-sexualized images help women but I’m just at the point now where it’s a matter of course. MOST mainstream American female artists do this, making men’s expectations to be geared in that direction, and so it’s not helpful to those of us who don’t want to be like that. Every time I see a super-sexy video I already anticipate how the next chick is going to turn it up even more. The nerve of anyone saying Nicki Minaj or Ciara or Beyonce or anyone of these women are role models. smh They are role models in that they’ve got their hustle down and are making money, which fits right in with capitalistic America (note: I’m not knocking capitalism in itself). Sorry, but my role models don’t show/shake their behinds in front of the world. If a woman is a true lady, then nobody needs to see/hear any of this kind of stuff but her man. But the idea of what’s acceptable has changed, so why is it even a surprise?

    The comments about her being irrelevant and such are EXTRA. If she’s so irrelevant, people tend to IGNORE irrelevant people – yet you idiots comment on her post EVERY TIME! Trust, Keri Hilson is the most relevant person in Keri Hilson-haters lives. BELIEVE THAT!

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  36. Moe

    Haters shut ur f*ck up !!!
    for the ones who doesn’t care, why do u even reply ?! ha ?!

    this is sick that haters suck !!

    KERI UR DA BEST LUV YA BABE

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  37. HONEY BEY

    SHES A JOKE FUGLY HOE

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  38. MTL - guy

    I’m a guy and I think she’s SO FUCKING HOT in that video…

    But only her looks, and taking away the context of the video….

    Where do you listen to that song??

    With friends? NOPE
    In a party? NOPE
    BANGING? NOT ME, its just the most annoying song…theres a million thing that I find annoying, the lyrics, the whinny voice, the little random stupid sounds…. Bang with your girlfriends I guess…

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  39. gonewithewind

    that bi*ch wanna be white so bad with all that bleach cream cause she knows white=succesful

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  40. QueenBeyonce

    ^^^ THATS YOU BECAUSE I LIVE IN LOS ANGELAS CALIFORNIA AND THEY PLAY THE EXPLICIT VERSION IN THE CLUBS HERE AND GIRLS GO CRAZY ESPECIALLY THE GAY GIRLS LMFAO.. AND THEY PLAY THE EDITED VERSION ON THE RADIO AND ITS ALREADY #7 ON THE TOP 20 HERE IN LOS ANGELAS. TO EACH IS ITS OWN. BUT CALI IS LOVIN THE SONG. I KNOW I AM AND IM A WOMAN. AND I CAN RELATE TO THE SONG. LIKE I SAID BEFORE WHEN MY MAN COMES HOME I DO NOT WANT TO BE HELD ALL THE TIME I WANNA BE F*CKED LIKE KERI SAID. THAT DOES NOT MAKE U A SLUT. A SLUT IS SOMEONE WHO SLEEPS WITH DIFFERENT PPL. I BET ALL THESE COMMENTS ARE FROM AFRICAN AMERICANS

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  41. R

    people kill me ….so u saying Raheem “She Single” video gets called hot and racy but Keri gets all this ……double standards are a bitch thats all ima say

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  42. Gaga

    Akon can say ‘i wanna fuck you’ but Keri cant say ‘the way you fuck me’…..SMH

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  43. From Tokyo

    Quite right about those double standards – ironically I’m sure it’s coming from the same people who love music made by men that objectify women. I don’t like it coming from either direction but at least be fair. There’s so many hypocrites in here it’s stifling!

    Gonewithewind (taking the name of a film that glosses over slavery – okay) – you sound straight jealous/bitter – I don’t know if you realize how much – to the point where you seem more jealous than concerned about the issue of bleaching amongst people of color. They do that all over the world, even in places where people are lighter-skinned (Japan). Do I like it? No, but whatever. Considering that the area of music is one place where black folks actually have a great amount of success/influence your argument just doesn’t hold up, so, bye.

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  44. mimi

    why women treat so bad to ther women?
    why she should apology? for acting in a video? that’s so odd.
    listen, a videoclip is a mini movie, where the singer can also play a role, this song was about to play THAT role, what did you expect? jump all around the country as rihanna did in her last red vid? that’s being hypocrite, trying to be a candid pure girl, when you f*ck 3/4 or maybe 5 guys in just a year.
    An keri? how many guys fucked? JUST ONE, HER BOYFRIEND SINCE EVER!

    please, grow up a little, little hypocrites.

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  45. moma

    why women treat so bad to ther women?
    why she should apology? for acting in a video? that’s so odd.
    listen, a videoclip is a mini movie, where the singer can also play a role, this song was about to play THAT role, what did you expect? jump all around the country as rihanna did in her last red vid? that’s being hypocrite, trying to be a candid pure girl, when you f*ck 3/4 or maybe 5 guys in just a year.
    An keri? how many guys f*cked? JUST ONE, HER BOYFRIEND SINCE EVER!

    please, grow up a little, little hypocrites.

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  46. greg

    it dnt take that much for a female to get attention..lol dha video jst made me look at keri hilson a different way lol yea ima guy bt some guys dnt like for girls to throw they selves out dere..nw wat if shes dating someone and his homeboy said thats dha one that was singin fuck me fuck me…not cool keri..show some class..ciara made ride yea bt dha was sexy hands dwn..yhu cn look at this video and tell she was tryin to hard specially dha dancin lol c’mon keri… yhu ws poppin a lil to hrd lol

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  47. missz

    FLOP! NEXT

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  48. Charlie

    @Breezy I agree with you!
    If a guy does a song about doin a girl no one says anything, if a girl does a song about doing a guy (in this case, Keri), everyone calls her a slut and how she’s gonna fail. I guarantee all of the negative comments are from girls or gay guys.

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  49. anonymous

    Quite unfortunate. Apologizing could really help her at this point because none of her songs so far are making me wanna go and buy a copy. I don’t know, I just think the song is extremely too forward to be coming from a woman. For us guys we think sex day and night minutes and seconds. But if a woman is begging to give it to you, I’M ALWAYS LEARY. You can be a freak behind close doors but a freak openly in public, WELL, THEY CALL THOSE SLUTS. The 2 most beautiful qualities a woman can possess are CONFIDENCE and SELF-RESPECT. And you can have both of those with your clothes on. Just saying, and as another person said I close my statement with a Luda quote “I want a lady in the street, but a freak in the bed” THINK ABOUT IT

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  50. anonymous

    JUST LOOKED AND KERI HILSON HAS ALREADY LOSTED 100,000 FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER – THAT SHOULD TELL YOU SOMETHING. IF PEOPLE WERE OFFENDED WHY NOT APOLOGIZE? WHY NOT UNDERSTAND AND EMPATHIZE WITH THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU. MY LITTLE COUSINS (AGES 12 AND 14) REALLY LIKE HER MUSIC AND BOTH WANT TO BE SINGERS, WHAT EXAMPLE DOES THAT SET FOR THEM?? …MAN, WHATEVER. SHE’S JUST ADDING TO THE PROBLEM.

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  51. KeriBitch

    W H O R E ! i hope your album flops!

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  52. Mimi

    I just want to say, men who get on here talking about “I want a lady in the street and a freak…” etc please shut up! Women don’t live to satisfy your expectations or your needs. That said, I think Keri overdid it in the video, the combination of nudity and x-rated lyrics just took it to another level … if she had kept the styling tame this could have been a bad @ss ladies anthem. She just went a bit too “Aguilera” in it.

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  53. TeamKeri_Chi

    I’m a Huge Fan of Keri. And I love and support her no matter what. It’s just a Damn video. People need to chill out. And why do people always comparing other artist. let them do what they do best make music but then again it wouldn’t be complete without Haters. Keepn doing you Keri. You know who ur true fans are. #TeamKeri Bitches:)

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  54. think about IT

    I Want Miss Keri Baby Back, Not Keri Bitch.

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  55. LEWIS92

    @TeamKeri_Chi

    You’re absolutely right!!! I really love this song, the beatz are crazy and the video is sooooo hot! LOVE KERI!!

    #TEAM KERI

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  56. Lets be Real

    Damn a lot of Haters posting here. 56 comments!!! Hmmmm. Do u think Keri gives a sh*t what u think or is seeing these hating comments??? NOPE! Are u getting paid to post hate in here? NOPE!. Do u have an album dropping December 21st? NOPE! Ok Then!

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  57. think about IT

    No To Sex Overdose. It’s Turning Me Off

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  58. andres0811

    i am not a keri fan and nor do i listen to her music however i have to give props the video and song is greattt!

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  59. Kyle

    I respect her answer but I agree with 1234, she said in an interview with Complex Magazine that she didn’t want to sell sex and this video seems hypocritical of that statement. But whatever, as long as she’s got people talking I guess. I still love the song. It’s something edgy and different for her.

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  60. think about IT

    No Boys Allowed
    But Why You Show Us Everything?

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  61. Alfred Islas

    If she says she doesn’t want to sell sex, that doesn’t mean she can’t have a song or video based on it. Maybe what she meant was that she wasn’t going to be all about sex like some of the other artists out there. Having one video on sex doesn’t mean she’s “selling sex”. Sex is a subject that is a part of many of our lives, if she wants to sing about it, she should be able to without backlash that “she’s selling sex”.

    There’s a difference between having all of your videos being about sex and having one about sex.

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  62. MISS KERI BABY!

    you “haters” are so stupid who cares she said “this ant no pretty girl rock” so calm your shit and get over it damn!! this is one of the best videos i have seen in a long time!!! great job Keri!!

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  63. Jason James

    People fail to relize kids are watching these vidoes. The implicate the behaviors they see around them including music videos. Would it be okay if your four year old was bumping and grinding like Keri in the video? Hell Fuck No! It is shit like this that give African American a bad name. Being in charge of your sexuality does not consists of the shit Keri is doing in the video. In time we work our way up. Oh to the people who think Keri’s album going to be a hit. How the fuck someone going to have a successful album with no hit singles! Look at the last album it had hit singles, but failed to go platinim. In the Words of your idol Keri, get off this bitch pussy

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  64. Sarah Elizabeth

    Lol,Ya’ll Hoes on Keri’s pussy, she don’t give a fuck about. Tell Keri to stick to writing songs, she aint got a hit yet.LMAO

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  65. Alicia

    Ya’ll Bitches are the reason African American account for most of new cases of HIV. Keep yo cookies on wrap or wrap it up. Damn, Stupid Chicks

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  66. asunkee

    Apart from how tacky/sleezy/raunchy/blahblahblah it is… It’s plain old whack. Neither the dancing nor the lyrics are impressive.

    On the other hand, I think the video was well directed. Props to the cameramen and editors.

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  67. Honey

    As a fan.. Im really dissapointed..

    Tasteless video and so not keri like..
    In the vid u can see she was uncomfortable

    Keri please stick to your own style and do what made u big..othrwise u will lose ur fanbase.

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  68. Rihanna stan

    i dont really mind about it (i even think she’s right lol). but im happy to see all those negative comments cuz i want rihanna to be the queen. now i only wish the 2 other bitches (beyonce n ciara) to fail… Rihannanavy

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  69. brandizzil

    @mimi I like how u think you know who’s fuckin who, how did Rihanna even get into this, Rihanna ain’t in the damn video nor is keri singin about Rihanna. That’s ignorant. Rihanna doin her thing, check the charts and check her stats, keri is nice 2 and I wish her the best of luck.

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  70. realitybites

    Keri hilson is doing what she wants u guys all to do, have every one talk about her video, so she gets ratings and potentially some publicity good or bad. Her album probably is not up to standard..smh.

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  71. king

    go buy rihanna loud album

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  72. tiffany

    aaaaaaaaa we a

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  73. tiffany

    aaaaaaaaah we all don’t care about loud

    keri knocks it DOOOOOWN

    keri queen!!
    we’re talking about real artsists, real talent
    so why rihanna?????

    aaaaaaaaaaaa

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  74. PURDYBOi1

    I dont see why its such a big deal. When Beyonce did “Ego” nobody cared and it was pretty fucking perverted. So why talk crap about this?

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  75. Mimi

    @brandizzil …. I didn’t mention Rihanna dumdum, do a scroll check before you type or it defeats the point you’re trying to make.

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