Update-Should Rihanna‘s next tattoo say ‘controversial’? No matter which way she goes the Bajan pop songstress seems to have drama follow her. Rihanna is now in hot water for her new video ‘We found Love’.
The video features 22-year old boxer and model Dudley O’Shaughnessy who bears a striking resemblance to her once volatile lover, Chris Brown. This appears to be a likeness Rihanna is perfectly satisfied with exploiting since she reportedly hand picked Dudley herself.
O’Shaughnessy seems to be adjusting nicely to his new found stardom as it appears everyone is very curious about the man behind the video.
Dudley, the boxer turned model of Black and Irish decent, recently opened up to ThisIsLondon.Com regarding his experience working with Rihanna and how he often hoped it would never end.
When asked about working with Rihanna he stated;
“I wasn’t star struck at all … She’s just such a nice girl. It’s not like just because she’s achieved so much that she thinks her sh*t don’t stink. She’s such a humble, down-to-earth girl and that made it even better for me because I didn’t feel intimidated or anything. We just got along. We were just like mates.”
When later asked about the sex and kissing scenes by stating;
“You’ve just got to get into it. It took about three-and-a-half days to film. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. Not just because it was ‘a certain person’s’ video but just because I love being on set.”
But unfortunately for Rihanna, all reviews haven’t exactly been positive as critics chastise her choice for staging gritty scenes which appear to condone toxic relationships.
Eileen Kelly of the Rape Crisis Center stated;
“Rihanna’s new video is a disgrace. It sends the message that she is an object to be possessed by men, which is disturbingly what we see in real violence cases.”
Although Rihanna hasn’t personally responded to these criticisms, her director Melina Matsoukas is already attacking claims suggesting they’re glorifying abusive relationships by making the follow comments to MTV;
“We love, obviously, to do provocative imagery. I think because, in the end, it’s not really at all about domestic violence.”
“It’s really just about it being toxic, and they’re on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it’s also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. It’s not trying to glorify that type of relationship. The bad parts of it, that’s what you don’t want. In the end, her leaving, it represents her getting that out of her life.”
What do you think? Did Rihanna tell her story the best way she knew or was she purposely pushing her good girl gone bad agenda?