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Gabrielle Union Defends Rihanna’s “Man Down,” Talks About Her Own Assault

A lot of people are up in arms about Rihanna’s “Man Down” video, though we’re guessing most of them haven’t actually lived through such a harrowing ordeal themselves. Actress Gabrielle Union supports Rihanna’s “Man Down” video, however, in large part because it’s, well, pretty true-to-life. Tweeted Union, “Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice 2 be handed out,” giving Rihanna props by saying, “#mandown video did a GREAT job of getting the ENTIRE world TALKING abt RAPE. I hope tht it leads 2 HEALING & PREVENTS RAPE.” Gabrielle later went on to explain that, as in the video, she tried to shoot the rapist who attacked her when she was 19. “Stranger who robbed the store I worked at. He put his gun dwn durin the rape & asked me 2 had it 2 him,” Union tweeted to an inquiring fan, linking to an Oprah sexual assault survivor show she did in 2009. Call us crazy, but we’re probably going to go with the opinion of someone who actually lived the video, rather than everyone else who just watched it.

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Rihanna Warns Fans Not To Make Threats Over “Man Down” Video

People are getting crazy crackers over the violence in Rihanna’s “Man Down” video. Fans, as well as detractors, are bombarding Rihanna’s Twitter about the scandalous vid, which features the “S&M” singer gunning down her attacker in the middle of a crowded city street. However, just because Rihanna takes part in some fictional gun play does not mean she needs her supporters to go all The Warriors on her naysayers. “Guys please stop making threats #NotCool!!! We love it, they don’t…that is all, and the world keeps turning!,” the singer writes, brushing off the haters by saying, “People gon’ talk whether u doin BAD or GOOD!!! Yeeeaaaaaaa.” Rihanna doesn’t apologize either, telling concerned parents: “The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US.”

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