Gabrielle Union On “Man Down” Video Controversy: “I Tried To Shoot My Rapist, But I Missed”

Gabrielle Union

As we’ve been reporting, Rihanna’s “Man Down” video has sparked a lot of controversy for its graphic imagery of Rihanna shooting a “man down” who had raped her.

The Parents Television Council has been vocal about condemning the content of the video, but we have yet to hear from the voice of a rape victim, which is what Rihanna plays in her video. That is, until now.

Actress Gabrielle Union, who was raped at 19, took to her Twitter account to give her opinion:

“Saw “Man Down” by Rihanna. Every victim/survivor of rape is unique, including how they THINK they’d like justice to be handed out. During my rape I tried to shoot my rapist, but I missed. Over the years I realized that killing my rapist would’ve added insult to injury. The DESIRE to kill someone who abused/raped you is understandable, but unless it’s self defense in the moment to save your life, [it] just ADDS to your troubles #mandown. I repeat SELF DEFENSE to save yourself/protect yourself, I’m ALL for. Otherwise victim/survivor taking justice into your own hands with violence equals more trouble for you!!”

Watch the Video Below:

Rihanna – Man Down from Rihanna on Vimeo.

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