Rihanna's Top 5 Most Controversial Videos


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3. "S&M": Rihanna's Billboard chart-topping song from her most recent album, last year's Loud, and was - once again - accompanied by a risky music video, co-directed by Rihanna and Melina Matsoukas. On the day of its release, the video was banned in 11 countries and only viewable to U.S. YouTube users who were age 18 and up, due to its "overt sexual content."

With lyrics like "Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me," did anyone expect anything less than sexual in the video? The clip shows Rihanna in latex apparel, walking a gagged Perez Hilton on a leash and indulging in some subliminal banana-sucking.

"It's gonna be talked about or banned or slandered in some way." Matsoukas told MTV in an interview about the video. "But it's making an effect and people are having a dialogue about it, so, to me, that's successful." Although the video is quite kinky, it also gives us a look at how Rihanna feels about some media by taping and gagging reporters.


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2. "Russian Roulette": This Anthony Mandler-directed video shows Rihanna in a creepy Lady Gaga-esque style, with a padded room, a gun and blood all involved. Some music critics related the video back to Rihanna's abusive relationship with Chris Brown. Even another artist, R&B one-hit wonder Tiffany Evans, took her perception of the video to Twitter, saying "Russian Roulette= Suicidal Rate gon sky rocket!"

Ne-Yo, who wrote the song, responded to Evans' allegations: "Nobody's really going out to play Russian roulette or thinking about killing themselves or nothing like that." Evans also stated she felt that the video sent out a "Satanic message to the weak."


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1. "We Found Love": Rihanna's latest video looks like something straight off an episode of the UK television show Skins or a scene from Requiem for a Dream.

"S&M" director Matsoukas wanted to deliver a another message with this love story. The video shows Rihanna's unhealthy relationship with her Chris Brown lookalike love interest, model/boxer Dudley O'Shaghnessy, who dyed his hair blonde for the video. "We Found Love" was shot in Ireland and sparked controversy before filming was even finished when Rihanna was allegedly asked to leave a farm because she didn't have on enough clothing.

The video shows the couple engaging in pill-popping, mosh pits and sex. Of course everyone believes this is how Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown played out, but the message is supposed let people know that it's not OK to stay in situations like this. Opponents of the video believe Rihanna is advocating drug-induced and possessive relationships.



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