The video for Rihanna’s latest single, “S&M” has been banned in 11 countries worldwide so far and others are censoring its airing. Countries in South Asia led the way in banning the video and even the US’s MTV thinks it will need to be edited before it can be shown. In the UK, BBC Radio has banned the video being shown before 7pm.
In the video, Rihanna wears a see-through latex outfit and walks Perez Hilton on a leash. Apparently, though, the raunchy video has an artistic point: it’s more about Rihanna’s “sadomasochistic relationship with the press”, not just a heap of chains and whips. That’s what the video’s producer, Melina Matoukas, says, anyway. So the message apparently makes it art.
Rihanna has taken to Twitter to defend the video, which was apparently pre-approved by MTV. It features gem encrusted ice cream and the press being silenced with ball gags. The overall feel is silliness rather than sexiness, so hopefully, the fuss over the “S&M” video will be short-lived. Rihanna has just been confirmed as performing with Drake at the Grammy awards ceremony. Her efforts to shock her fans do seem a little tame to those of us old enough to compare the video to anything that Madonna did in the early 1990s! Remember “Erotica”? “Hanky Panky”? “Human Nature”? You get the point, I’m sure.
So do you want to see Rihanna’s “S&M” video on general release? Should we be subjected to such a sight at all, or only after 9pm when only us big boys and girls get to watch Rihanna play at dominating something other than the pop charts?
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