TV Network Refuses To Pull Rihanna’s Graphic New Video

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June 2, 2011 | 8:55pm EST

Officials at cable network BET are refusing to ban Rihanna’s hard-hitting new promo for Man Down, despite growing criticism about the graphic nature of the video.
The Umbrella hitmaker ‘murders’ a sex attacker in the harrowing video, which premiered on BET on Tuesday. In the promo the singer shoots a man at a railway station and a series of flashback images then show her grappling with him outside a nightclub as he tries to attack her.

Rihanna, who was famously assaulted in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, came under fire from members of the Parents Television Council for setting a bad example with the promo, and they hit out at TV executives for allowing the video to be shown.

A PTC representative added, “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass.”

But BET chiefs are refusing to bow to pressure to pull the video from screens.

A spokesperson tells TMZ.com the network “has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content. The Rihanna Man Down video complied with these guidelines and was approved for air.”

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