My Music Monday choice this week is a controversial song from Rihanna. Rihanna seems to be surrounded by controversy lately after her music video with Eminem for "Love the Way you Lie" that seemingly glorified domestic abuse. The controversy continues with Rihanna's latest song about a woman that has killed a man.
The video portrays a man getting shot, and the lyrics are specifically about shooting a man down. This portrayed violence has made some demand it not be played on the radio or shown on television.
While the song does speak of the violence of killing, it also comes across as remorseful. In my opinion, it is no more inappropriate than Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" or Bob Marley's "I shot the Sheriff," both of which talk of killing a man. Music is art, it is designed to make you think and feel. Rihanna has accomplished this with "Man Down."
Have a great Music Monday, and let me know what you think. Has Rihanna gone too far?