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Rape Crisis Center Criticizes Rihanna for ‘We Found Love’ Video

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Rihanna is a controversy magnet! The singer is being criticized by the Rape Crisis center for what unfolds in her steamy ‘We Found Love’ video. It’s a toxic relationship coming apart at the seams on screen, and the RCC views the video as glorifying and glamourizing what is really dangerous and deadly.

PopDust reports that the organization is chastising RiRi for objectifying herself and women. “Rihanna’s new video is a disgrace,” says Eileen Kelly of the RCC. “It sends the message that she is an object to be possessed by men, which is disturbingly what we see in real violence cases.”

The video’s director Melina Matsoukas took issue with how Kelly read the video, and defended her work. “In the end, it’s not really at all about domestic violence,” Matsoukas said. “It’s really just about it being toxic… 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.” Essentially, Matsoukas is saying that these types of toxic affairs exist, which furthers Kelly’s point, and the video is exploring that.

At the end of the day, it’s just a music video. It can be a viewed as a short form film, full of plots and dramatizations of real life. Even though a famous, influential pop star is at the center of the action, it doesn’t necessarily mean she is condoning anything. As RiRi herself said, she is playing a part in her videos.

This isn’t even close to the first time Rihanna’s name has been tied to controversial issues. Earlier this summer, Rihanna’s ‘Man Down‘ video caused a fuss due to its violent, vigilante content where RiRi exacts revenge on someone who has done her wrong. Also, an Irish farmer had beef with the sexy singer for her provocative, revealing photo shoot, which took place on his premises. That’s to say nada about her legal tussles over her ‘S&M’ video.

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