Does Rihanna's "We Found Love" Video Send The Wrong Message?
Have you seen Rihanna’s video for "We Found Love?" No? Okay I’ll wait.
For those of you who don’t want to bother watching it, the video features pills – lots of ‘em, blatant drug use and imagery, lots of smoking, self-destructive and abusive behavior and that’s only in the first minute or so of the video! Then there’s the leading man who just so happens to look a lot like Rihanna's ex-boyfriend Chris Brown when he went through his blond phase.
The video will leave you shell-shocked. I know I still am so forgive me if my thoughts are a bit disjointed.
In explaining the concept behind the video Rihanna said she wanted to show “The good feeling of love and the dangers of it.” But all the We Found Love video seems to do is glorify a life of drugs, sex and abuse.
There are even scenes that seem to re-enact that fateful night when Chris beat her up but in this scenario she gets to walk away before anything happens.
What disturbs me about this video is the message it sends to her young fans. Rihanna is loved by millions of young girls who look up to her and love her lyrics but she consistently shows that she does not care what influence she has on them.
The singer famously responded to the Parent Television Council’s criticism of her "Man Down" video by saying, “I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent? I’m just a girl.” Yes Rihanna you are just a girl but one with a huge following and an opportunity to be a positive influence on kids. No one expects you to be a parent but you are someone who kids look up to. Kids, who unlike adults, may not be able to process your video as just entertainment and not the life-lesson you want it to be.Continued on the next page