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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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46.

Bug    

Rihanna is sending the wrong message to any young person about revenge; murder. She is also condoning black on black crime.

SHAME ON YOU GIRL. YOUR DANCING HAS BECOME NASTY AND I DON'T MEAN THAT IN A GOOD WAY AND NOW YOUR JUDGEMENT IS JUST AS SLIMY. NO LONGER A FAN

1148 days ago
47.

noella    

So everyone's OK with the disgusting exploitation of black women's sexuality over the decades. Hippocrits, where have you been all these yearss,why are you bitc*** and moaning about this. Neither black men nor white people can stand it when a black woman has power.

1148 days ago
48.

anne    

Artist, my a**! The filth that is marketed to young people by no-talent hacks like Rihanna and Gaga is disgusting. Any parent that doesn't fight it isn't worth raising children.

1148 days ago
49.

ME    

IF THERE IS NO WHITE ENTERTAINMENT TV, HOW CAN THERE BE A BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TV?? JUST SAYIN

1148 days ago
50.

ManiacalZebra    

Executing a man without a trial and conviction on a capital offense is murder. Somehow, I'm not surprised that many are condoning murder here.

1148 days ago
51.

kitty    

why doesn't she show herself going to jail?! Rape is wrong, murder is wrong, you can't have it both ways.

1148 days ago
52.

en Todo Momento!!    

yeah, and while the ptc is at it, they need to petition to have picasso's 'guernica' removed or over-touched by museums, because that is also a bloody picture of a horrifying event. fair is fair.

1148 days ago
53.

YORVONNE    

ARE YOU KIDDING, EVERYTIME YOU TURN THE TV ON THERE ARE MURDER CRIME SHOWS ON TV WHERE CHILDREN WATCH EVERYDAY, INCLUDING SCARY MOVIE. WHAT MAKE HER VIDEO ANY DIFFERENT? AND PARENTS DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH RAPPER DISPLAY SEX AND ALOT MORE OF OUR WOMEN IN THEIR VIDEOS. COME NOW, THIS SOUNDS LIKE SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS.

1148 days ago
54.

Lucas Brown    

rapist should be shot. good for you BET

1148 days ago
55.

Rogue Warrior    

BET just earned a lifetime of respect from me!!!!! It's about time somebody stands up for what they clearly decided was a good move! I think all rapists should be dealt with this way, IMO of course.....

1148 days ago
56.

Kaaay    

Holy... is this really happening right now? I don't care much for Rihanna or the song at all but I think that the video is fine, I'm sure every kid has seen much worse with their parents present and okay with it. Should we get into CSI, NCIS, Chicago Code Law and Order etc (the list goes on and on)... There are tons of shows about murder for whatever reason but she kills a guy who raped her in a VIDEO and all hell breaks lose.
Can I just emphasize that it's a VIDEO, any kid that is influenced to murdering someone because of something they seen on T.V. was already unstable to begin with, (to say the least). If this music video is such a big deal and all these parents want it removed from BET or anywhere for that matter then they should consider doing the same with all the movies and T.V. shows that are about it too. Psssh you people are going to be working very hard for a very long time for ABSOLUTELY nothing to come of this.

Congratulations on wasting your time though.

1148 days ago
57.

watcher 1    

RIHANNA IS SUCH A GUTTER-SNIPE! OF COURSE SHE THINKS THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. IT WILL SELL HER MUSIC AND IF PARENTS ARE UPSET BECAUSE THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY MURDERED IN THE STREETS, THIS LITTLE PIECE OF TRASH COULD CARE LESS. COME ON GIRLIE, GO BACK TO THE TRAILER PARK AND GET BEATEN UP BY YOUR NEXT CRAP BOYFRIEND. YOU SEEM TO LIKE VIOLENCE, NEXT TIME NOBODY WILL CARE WHEN YOU GET BEAT UP. YOU'RE JUST SO MUCH HUMAN GARBAGE>

1148 days ago
58.

ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff    

BET is such a Ghetto Station anyway....its just some little cabel network.....rihanna is nothing but a beat down whore...who probably deserved chris brown beating her skanky azz!

1148 days ago
59.

Lucas Brown    

No need for a "WET" when there is FOX News and CMT...and ABC, NBC, WB, UPN, CBS etc
But hey if people want to get rid of BET I'd gladly help. It's more destructive to the black community than ...there is nothing more destructive.

1148 days ago
60.

Lucas Brown    

A very small percentage of kids are dumb enough to murder someone just b/c they saw it on tv, but if some kid did shoot and kill a rapist I wouldn't lose sleep. Hopefully the kid gets off Scot free.

1148 days ago
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