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BET Won't Kill Rihanna 'Murder' Video

6/2/2011 1:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

BET is sticking to their guns after airing Rihanna's new "Man Down" music video -- which contains a brutal murder scene -- telling TMZ, they will continue to air it ... despite one really angry group of parents.

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A rep for BET tells us the network refuses to pull the video -- explaining, BET "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."

As we previously reported, the Parents Television Council called on BET to pull the video yesterday -- claiming it depicted a "cold, calculated execution of murder" ... and wasn't suitable for television.

0602_rihanna_video_launch2But the people have decided -- the rep for BET tells us, the video has already made today's top 10 countdown.


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moe l.    

Can't take the s*** out of s*** bag.

1146 days ago
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sloppy seconds    

of course they won't. the BET's sole purpose of existence is pure and simply racist!

1146 days ago
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Mike w    

Man Down is my favorite track off the album.

1146 days ago
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TRUTH    

High Fives BET!!!

1146 days ago
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WillOTheWisp    


First off, why should BET 'kill' her video?? I've seen worst with Gaga's video!!

Second off, what's the big damn deal?? If anything, it might deter some idiot male from abusing a female!!

Third off, just let Ri do her thang, she's an artist, damn!!!

1146 days ago
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Mikey    

BET is doing a service by teaching them to thin the herd.

1146 days ago
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TRUTH    

Mikey,
I spit out my smoothie with that comment, lololol.

1146 days ago
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Mikey    

She does not play rock music, therefore she's not a rockstar. Why is she trying to say she's something other than what she is?

1146 days ago
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putzco    

Good for B-E-T!! Just because a hanful of spoilsports are offended you don't have to pull the video. If you're offended, change the TV to one of the other several hundred channels out there. If more stations would take this stance, this "offended" bunch would go away. They only do it because they feel powerful because a small group of protesters have proven they can bend the will of a TV station. If enough TV stations tell these protesters to go "pound sand", they will lose their bite and soon go away.

1146 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

Loser.

1146 days ago
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Mike w    

Mikey the term "Rockstar" has a double entendre meaning these days. Rihanna is a worldwide superstar, hence being a rock star. By the way I cant remeber the last time a rock singer was reffered to as a rockstar. Rock music sales have plummeted in the past few years

1146 days ago
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FlamingoNut    

I'll bet money that there will be a spike in vigilantism

1146 days ago
13.

Kenneth    

Yeah - this is real art. BET "has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content". Seems their standards are really low - more like gutter standards.

1146 days ago
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Mikey    

They should loop the first 30 seconds of that video over and over all night long in the hip hop clubs.

1146 days ago
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Snooki    

To me this is more about female empowerment than murder. So yeah I'm ok with it. Especially when murder is a very common topic in tv shows, movies, and oh yeah, the nightly news!

1146 days ago
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