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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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76.

Just sayn    

She is only showing her TRUE colors....and her life style.
To bad she had to rip up that yound mans life along the way.
I am sure she asks for it.....begs for it and lives for IT=trouble. It isn't good unless it hurts.

1182 days ago
77.

Shut up PolarBear    

@Mikey Pst your racism is showing.

1182 days ago
78.

Meg    

Has anyone watched the CSI and Criminal minds shows lately??? I'm shocked by how much violence is on regular tv...yet they are worried about one simple gunshot scene????

1182 days ago
79.

Fidel Sarcastro    

Good going BET and Rihanna. This isnt new territory, The idea of a wronged woman taking vengence isnt something new. look at some of the other popular artists throughout the years...

Garth Brooks - Thunder Rolls
Dixie Chicks - Goodbye Earl
Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun
Martina McBride - Independence Day

and those are just a few. All those songs were railed against in their day and all of them went onto be successful songs. eventually all the negative press will die down and people will eventually see this as just a step for Rihanna to work through her stuff and to show her fans that even in the face of all she went through she isnt gonna be seen as a victim the rest of her life, she is a survivor, she has gone through all that stuff and she is on the other side, a stronger woman.

1182 days ago
80.

MikeD    

Look.. Violence Begets Violence.... 'Good for Bet'... And the Beat Goes On... oh yeah !

1182 days ago
81.

cassie    

people need to realize that if it was not for the parents she would not even have no dam fans take that crap off.tv get some real music.or just shot your dam self.

1182 days ago
82.

Diane Holms    

I think she has to do what the group of people what made her tell her to do she has so say so she is a tool

1182 days ago
83.

Harveys boyfriend    

Parents please read wholesome books to your children,
have a catch in the yard,
take a bicycle ride together in the neighborhood.

Life is short and the music industry is designed to corrupt your children and fill their susceptible minds with demonic themes and images.

Turn off the radio and tv and LOVE them unconditionally.

Inshallah - this filthy demonic ruling elite will fade to black for all eternity ...peace be upon you..

1182 days ago
84.

rdc    

Killing ought to just not be sensationalized, I hope miss Rihanna has a good time. Rape in reality is horrible, if this is her only material to explore, she may as well sell crack in her neck video.
and maybe execute a bad customer. This is how gangstas approach
most things. An Anthem for killing, now that's deep and artistic, and the spectators walking by if nothing happens is the numbing of our American society to violence,

1182 days ago
85.

rdc    

Killing ought to just not be sensationalized, I hope miss Rihanna has a good time. Rape in reality is horrible, if this is her only material to explore, she may as well sell crack in her next video.
and maybe execute a bad customer. This is how gangstas approach
most things. An Anthem for killing, now that's deep and artistic, and the spectators walking by if nothing happens is the numbing of our American society to violence,

1182 days ago
86.

scott    

Breaking news - Chris Brown and BET announce joint beating session on Rhianna. Rhianna is quoted as saying "OK, I deserve and will like it. I only do this dumb **** so that they will treat me like the whore I am."

1182 days ago
87.

Mari     

I can careless if they take the video off .. I think she went a lil over board wit that video Never liked her and never will ..

1182 days ago
88.

Kardatax    

I can only feel this but can't touch it. Only a woman who has been raped can relate. Many women have thought about killing their attacker. So this group needs to ease off and protest those fake reality shows! I'm sick of these people always throwing in "the children" card. Kids today maybe dumb as a brick with school learning but are very small when it comes to dirty deeds. So to this group, until you're a victim - you will never understand. So eat a ick.

1182 days ago
89.

Kardatax    

I can only feel this but can't touch it. Only a woman who has been raped can relate. Many women have thought about killing their attacker. So this group needs to ease off and protest those fake reality shows! I'm sick of these people always throwing in "the children" card. Kids today maybe dumb as a brick with school learning but are very small when it comes to dirty deeds. So to this group, until you're a victim - you will never understand. So eat a ick.

1182 days ago
90.

I survived It, and he's doing time    

I seem to recall a song called "I Shot the Sheriff" ... a Queen song called "Another One Bites the Dust," and a lyric from a Queen song (Momma, just killed a man, Held a gun against his head, pulled my trigger now he's dead") ... and nobody got upset.

But when a woman kills a man for raping her -- and acknowledges that the killing makes her a criminal -- everyone gets upset.
Hmmm... that's a very interesting double standard. Just sayin'.

Maybe people don't want to see how devastated and angry a rape victim might be? Don't want to think she might kill? And he might deserve it? Guess again.

1182 days ago
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