Because a lot of people have asked what I think, Love the Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna:
I’ve seen a lot of reactions to this, and the majority of people seem to be disappointed that Rihanna took part in a video that “glamorized abusive relationships.” I disagree entirely. It’s music, and while we should never expect it to be a public service announcement because that’s not it’s purpose, I personally think the song and video do a fantastic job of demonstrating the cyclical nature of abusive relationships. Also, knowing Rihanna’s history as a domestic violence survivor, I find her singing of the chorus totally haunting and completely moving. In fact, it gives me chills. And I find this empowering in many ways. This is a survivor using her art to reference her struggles, and owning it. And being an empowered abuse survivor requires taking back the power that you forfeited for so long.
I also know a lot of people disagree with me. What do you think?