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Rihanna Gets Revenge in Shocking 'Man Down' Video

We're seeing a darker side of Rihanna in her just-released music video for "Man Down" -- when she shoots a man after he assaults her.


The video stars with the sudden shooting, then goes back in time to explain the singer's motives. Rihanna is shown walking through the streets of Jamaica, carefree, before going to a club and dancing with an unknown man. After she leaves, he confronts her in an alley -- and she's next seen crying in the street.

After the video premiered, Rihanna took to her Twitter, writing "Young girls/women all over the world...we are a lot of things! We're strong innocent fun flirtatious vulnerable, and sometimes our innocence can cause us to be naïve! We always think it could NEVER be us, but in reality, it can happen to ANY of us! So ladies be careful and #listentoyomama! I love you and I care!"

The video was directed by Anthony Mandler, who also did the singer's videos for "Unfaithful," "Only Girl (In the World)" and "California King Bed."

Check out the clip above -- sound off on the gritty video below.

Comments (6)

Damn Native:  1337 days ago

The lyrics depict a story that millions of people can relate to because this kind of thing happens everyday in many countries and no-one does anything about it. There is nothing wrong with the video. Its real, it's life, it's no different to watching violence on the news, movies or video games. This educates young people just how quickly things can turn ugly. The killing expresses the pain endured by victims of physical & sexual abuse. It's a very mature song and video maybe parents should guide their children through it to explain the strong message this song and clip is sending. About time someone spoke up about stuff like this. Very Proud. Thank you Rhianna & Def Jam.

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shawnda:  1336 days ago

rihanna you did your thing girl if poeple dont like it oh well you continue to do what you love and thats sing....i have seen a disney musician turn into a nasty hooker....I lOVE you riri

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Moyra:  1336 days ago

That is a stupid video. It does not speak for the victim when she in the video is the murderer. How stupid is that?????

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Jack:  1336 days ago

I think the video "Man Down",is very irresponsible because as much as singers and famous people would like to claim what they do does not influence people,it does, especially the young people. Resolving a situation with violence is never the answer. As adults,we must continue to demonstrate positive examples of resolving conflict,so the state of our society gets better. I think Rihanna has some unresolved issues stemming from her previous domestic violence situation that she needs to resolve in therapy, other wise she will continue to air out her issues in her music, where it does not belong. In conclusion, I wish Rihanna nothing, but the best.

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Monica:  1335 days ago

A woman is raped in America every 2 minutes. The reason why people have a problem with the video is because they don't view rape as a true crime. Rape should be punished with death sentence and until American legal system figures this out, these kind of things will happen, and they do. Rhi's video is very real, too bad I hate the song.

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ddickerson:  1294 days ago

I loved the video man down and if you don't like it O WELL ..she still gonna make music like she been boin and she still gonna be her all day every day

P.S ##%$@%(if you dnt like it dnt listen to it duhhh)&&%^*%

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