Rihanna's 'Murder' Video Draws Fire

6/1/2011 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Parents Television Council is blasting Rihanna for hawking a "cold, calculated execution of murder" in her brand new music video for "Man Down."


The council is outraged that Rihanna would suggest that gunning down a rapist in a crowded train station is a proper form of justice.

Another watchdog group ... "Industry Ears" says, "If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass ..."


The PTC is all the more outraged that Rihanna tweeted her fans that the video contained, "a very strong underlying message 4 girls like me."

The council's venom is also directed at BET for airing the video -- so we gotta ask ...