Rihanna’s in hot water again — this time over the release of another ultra-raunchy video promo. The controversial video for “We Found Love” — the lead single from the singer’s new Talk That Talk disc — has been banned from daytime TV in France. Watchdog groups clamped down on the vid over the weekend, citing the depiction of “self-destructive” behavior and scenes of “pronounced suggestive” content among the footage. Now, the video — which details a destructive relationship between a couple, played by the Barbadian beauty and Chris Brown lookalike Dudley O’Shaughnessy — can only be broadcast after 10 PM.
The promo had previously been slammed after it appeared to allude to the abusive relationship between Rihanna and Chris, who pleaded guilty to assaulting the “Rude Boy” hitmaker during a Pre-Grammy night altercation in Feb. 2009. Filming of the controversial mini-movie also angered a farmer in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Devout Christian Alam Graham made headlines when he kicked Rihanna and her film crew off his field because he was unhappy with the sultry star’s choice of outfit.
“If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say, ‘Enough is enough.’ I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God.”
Despite the controversy, Rihanna says she’s proud of the promo, Tweeting last month:
“We’ve never done a video like this before. This is probably one of the deepest videos I’ve ever done. It’s all about love and love being like a drug. You definitely get that from this. The good feeling of it and the dangers of it. That’s what this video is about.”
RiRi says she also isn’t fazed by France’s decision to slap “Caution” tape all over her vid. After all, she’s no stranger to having her videos banned or censored. In Feb. 2011, the singer’s “S&M” promo — in which she is seen writhing in latex, tying a man to a bed, and sucking a banana — was deemed too raunchy for 11 countries. The single itself was also axed from the BBC’s daytime radio playlist in Britain. The network refused to allow DJs on its flagship station, Radio 1, to play the song before 7 PM. Rihanna’s “Man Down” video, which featured the singer gunning down a rapist, sparked criticism for inciting violence.