Rihanna has hit back at critics protesting her hard-hitting video for Man Down, in which the singer guns down a rapist, insisting she is simply showing fans what can happen in the "Real World".
The Umbrella singer, who was brutally beaten in 2009 by then-boyfriend Chris Brown, shoots a man at a railway station in the promo. A series of flashback images then show her grappling with the male outside a nightclub as he tries to attack her.
The clip premiered on U.S. TV earlier this week (31May11) and Rihanna immediately came under attack from activists at the Parents Television Council for depicting the graphic murder. They accused her of suggesting a "cold, calculated execution of murder" is an acceptable form of justice.
But Rihanna has blasted the negative feedback, insisting it's not her job to show kids what's right and wrong - she's just using her art to express her own feelings on the subject matter.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com blog, she writes, "I'm a 23 year old rockstar with No Kids! What's up with everybody wantin (sic) me to be a parent? I'm just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!
"Cuz (sic) we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents! And this is why!Cuz (sic) we turn the other cheek! U (sic) can't hide your kids from society,or they'll never learn how to adapt!This is the Real World!
"The music industry isn't exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, Let Us! Its (sic) your job to make sure they dont (sic) turn out like US."
And Rihanna has called on her loyal fans not to take out their anger on Ptc activists.
She adds, "Guys please stop making threats #NotCool!!! We love it, they don't...that is all, and the world keeps turning!"