Rihanna Calls Into ‘106 & Park’ to Address ‘Man Down’ Controversy

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With the backlash she’s facing from the Parents Television Council, Rihanna called in to BET’s “106 & Park” to further address the controversy surrounding her “Man Down” video. Taking a break from tour rehearsals in Baltimore, RiRi explained the video’s concept and why she chose to include a murder scene.

“I don’t like to just make videos. I love to make an experience and this is art with a message,” she told hosts Terrence and Rocsi. “Obviously [the character is] not a cold-blooded killer. It has to be something so offensive and we decided to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address.”

Her intention was to send a strong message for women who have been victimized. “Rape is happening all over the world and right in our own home and we continue to cover it up and pretend it doesn’t happen,” she explained. “I personally don’t condone violence or murder. I’ve been abused in the past and you don’t see me running around killing people in my spare time. I just want girls to be careful.”

Listen to the full interview below.


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45 Comments

  1. Aisha

    I wish people would leave her alone. They always try to find something to make her look bad. People have been making videos for years with violence in it. And when she makes a video like that everyone has something to say. If they actually listen to the words in the song they will get it. Some people are so upset with themselves so they want to try and make others look bad.

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    fp Reply:

    @Aisha, same thing i said

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    fan of a fan Reply:

    @Aisha, so f**king true !!

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  2. beyonce fan

    riri you handled that very well.

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    meme Reply:

    @beyonce fan, she did but I must admit I didnt think this song was about literally killing someone. I was so shocked when the video came out cuz i thought it was a mediphor for breaking a mans heart. i dnt even like the song as much any more.

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  3. Giamma

    Preach, Riri!

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  4. SEKinG

    I don’t see the big deal about the video. She made a video about a REAL issue in the world and she’s the bad guy (girl).

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  5. love45

    she explained the concept of this video BEAUTIFULLY!

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  6. Gary

    Parents really need to stop blaming celebrities for being bad role models; more rather blame themselves for not teaching their kids what is happening today, and I mean REAL-LIFE problems.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to know why the education system is a flop, because it’s people like the Parents’ Television Council that’s stopping us to raise awareness of real issues that we should all try and prevent.

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    Mwah Reply:

    @Gary, thank you!!!

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @Gary, Parents wouldn’t have this issue if they stop letting celebrities and the media raise their children. Do your jobs and you won’t have to worry about this kind of influencing them (if it even does)!

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  7. Diamond Girl

    Love me some Ri!!! So smart, so intelligent, So awesome! Love her taking risks. Go babe!

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  8. Coleworld

    Alright, this is too much. ITS A FUCKING VIDEO! Leave her alone. I love Riri for not backing down either.

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  9. roro

    parents in that dumbass association probably all have failure kids and they want to blame their parenting failure on anything but themselves.

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  10. Alex!

    VERY INTELLIGENT! proud of her.

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  11. antonio

    I am not even a fan of Rihanna at all and I never have been and never will be, but she handled this situation very well. I actually like Man Down and it’s video, it along with What’s My Name?, Fire Bomb and Question Existing are the only songs by Rihanna I actually like and they all have a serious meaning behind them, which is why I like them. But anyway, the PTC is blowing this up out of proportion and for them to even bring up Chris Brown’s name in a situation that has nothing to do with him is just pathetic by them. They need to start raising their own children and stop trying to blame artist like Rihanna, Ciara and Lady Gaga for things they should be teaching their kids anyway.

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  12. Craazzy beetch

    oh come on! the only reason she called in to 106 & park is to get the ‘Man Down’ video to #1 because she knows Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’ video has been #1 for 4 days in a row!

    If you think i’m just hating then explain why she’s tweeted people to vote for the video! LOL

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    ImaBeast86 Reply:

    @Craazzy beetch, Only a Beyonce stan would think of something as cynical as that. LOL

    Did you not hear her explanation of the video?

    SMH…silly silly stan wars

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @ImaBeast86, lol @ “silly silly stan wars” Yes.

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    Laurie Reply:

    @Craazzy beetch, you r just being crazy here I’m B fan too but you’re so irrelevanr right now and you should stop bringing beyoncé’s name for no reason what kind of hysterical fan are you ??

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    ImaBeast86 Reply:

    @Laurie, How is caling me irrelevant even an appropriate word for this discussion?

    LMAO

    You fail

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    Laurie Reply:

    @ImaBeast86, well and how bringing Beyonce’s name is even appropriate in this post duh. No wonder there’s this B hate hysterical fans like you contribute to it !

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    maya Reply:

    @Laurie, no but really though, who tweets for someone to vote for their video on 106 & park…that just happens

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  13. Laurie

    I am not a Rihanna fan or stand at all not at all !! But those parents council association whatever they are are just pathetic !! Obviously they try to blame everybody else but themselves for their bad education. Parents you are responsable for your kids not Rihanna who’s making for once in her life a video about a real issue. There are much more violent videos out right what are you going to go after each of those people ??? Just look after your kids instead of chasing people around making contrversy for no reason

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  14. dankingkemp

    When Your Connected to Your Art, You don’t talk like that..) Why are Negative Artists Using Brainless Artists????..(dk

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  15. deevibez

    i had no problem with the song wat so ever..it was my fav song on the album and the video made it twice as better…my fav video from her yet…fuck those other people those shallow minded fucks

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  16. nana franco gabriel

    baby don’t mind the bictches keep doing your things can’t wait for your next songs coming fading, skin.

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  17. Prettiedove

    Preaaccchhhh mama Rihsus preaaccchhh babyyyyy, the PTC are pathetic peeps. Love u forever babe, u handled the situation perfectly. Man down is gonna get them awards for sure.

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  18. TRUTH TELLER

    You Rihanna stans are some of the most dumbest ignoramuses!!!! How the hell she explained herself beautifully when all she did was contradicted herself!!! All she is is a hot ball of air with no substance!!! She needs to try finish her high school diploma and get a degree because I don’t see her lasting long in the music business!!! She needs some serious JESUS!!!

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  19. say what

    @truth teller,,,just because your name is tt
    it does not make what you say are think be the gospel, so your own comment right back atcha. you need jesus too, very bad

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  20. say what

    beside that you hates rihanna why are you
    even here?

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    TRUTH TELLER Reply:

    @say what, Do you know me???? SITYOAZZALLTHEWAYDOWN u ignoramus!!! I guess you are one of the dumb stanz!!! Everything she says or does is not gospel, FOOL! You stated your opinion and I have stated mine, DEALWITHIT!! I don’t have time to hate anyone my dear!! That energy is used elsewhere!!

    P.S. Just because I am stating facts and truths about your precious riri, I hate her???? You stans are far to delusional and invested in the lives of these celebrities you don’t care of your existence! All the care about how they can get your money!! If she cared about her fans, she would do better!!! VOICE LESSONS, DANCE LESSONS, FINISH HIGH SCHOOL, ETC! This site is called RAP UP, not SAY WHAT!!!

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    people wake up Reply:

    @TRUTH TELLER, I agree with u. The people are blind out here.I don’t listening to any RB or hip hop anymore.they don’t care about anyone. They tell u what u want to here to make they money. Wake up people!

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  21. TRUTH TELLER

    RAP UP WHY THE HELL U DIDN’T POST MY COMMENT?????????GET IT TOGETHER PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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  22. maya

    Wow, for the 1st time she sound smart. I liked the video anyway. I mean she says “I just SHOT a man down” so wtf did people expect?!…

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  23. From Tokyo

    I didn’t get that kind of message from the video. I have listened to that song over and over since seeing the vid and never in my mind once did I fantasize about killing someone. So there you go.

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  24. speechless

    It is an extremely powerful video shows what people (man or woman) goes through. Something horrific or life altering moment that changes a great deal in a person’s life. So she definitely hit the nail. It’s a truly great video. Kudos RiRi.

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  25. frank

    who is rihanna? she is a real bitch..man down…what? it should be RIHANNA DOWN YUP AM A HATER…i hate her until she stop acting innocent..am an africa…i can tell u 100% that i knw who she is spiritually illuminati…but we are behind chris..so he cant go down we are stronger

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    ok Reply:

    @frank you need Jesus… Why do u have to bring CB ? Have a nice day
    stupid stan wars

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    !!!!! Reply:

    @frank, I am also African and the fact that you even bring up the Illuminati shows the extent of the West’s influence on you.
    Leave the ignorance behind before jumping behind the computer.

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    Trac-E Reply:

    @frank, haha your lame

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  27. Tai

    loook It her video ideal and its good, what she is singing about goes along with the video … get off her nut sack and Give her credit!! Go RI RI!

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  28. ciara

    i dont like any more rihanna
    shes so fucking fake
    she always coped people…like beyonce…now she copet nicky and chris brown…nah fuck rihanna

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  29. Debra

    I commend Rihanna for bringing this issue to the forefront as there are many nuances in respect to the artistry. It is a clear message for young women to not feel ashamed if this happens to you that the perputrator needs to be brought to justice, so the fact that she is in a place of power where she can have a voice for this is amazing

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