Rihanna’s Man Down video gets intense in the opening scene of the reggae inspired single from the songstress. In the opening scene Rihanna appears undercover when she takes the life of a man walking through a station, seconds later he lies on the ground bleeding, dying. “Yesterday Morning” states the next scene. Rihanna tells the back story of what triggered her act of violence. A young, beautiful, vibrant young woman prancing through the equally beautiful island of Jamaica finds herself at a nightclub dancing. Rihanna leaves the club only to have the dance partner follow her and appears to rape her. The young vibrant woman is now sobbing and running back to her home to reveal a gun in her drawer.
It’s not hard to imagine from the lyrics of the song that a man had been shot down however the vivid storytelling and the touchy subject of rape was not implied. Rihanna posted on her twitter page yesterday
“Its #Gritty #GULLY #Emotional #JAMRock Very strong underlying message 4 girls like me! #listentoyomama.”
The video director Anthony Mandler told MTV couple weeks ago,
“And it’s just one of those songs that demands a strong narrative and visual, and let’s just say, she let me go all the way. So I think you can expect something that’s dramatic and shocking and intense and emotional and uplifting and enlightening.”
Rihanna’s “Man Down” will certainly strike up some interesting conversations. What do you think is the underlying message for girls in this video? What do you think of Rihanna’s “Man Down? Was it too vivid? Check out behind the scenes footage of Rihanna in Man Down