Rihanna released her much-anticipated video clip for her latest single, 'We Found Love,' yesterday. The single is the first track to be released for her sixth studio album, 'Talk That Talk' which comes out on November 21. Despite the general uplifting nature of the song, the Barbadian songstress's video is everything but that. One could guess that she decided to focus more on the hopeless place that she found love in rather than deal with the expected theme of love.
The video starts out with a shot of a disheveled Rihanna sitting in a bathtub while she narrates a story of love and loss, fully equipped with a surprisingly impressive Liverpool accent. As soon as Calvin Harris' infectious beat drops, the video picks up a more disjointed and free spirit than the first minute lets on. After a while, the viewer finds that he seems to be in the minds of two skinheads. The male skinhead being played by British model, Dudley O'Shaughnessy is one-half of the drug-ridden couple that terrorizes England and for the most part, themselves.
The clip is characterized by quick shots of psychedelic images, different types of drugs and absent-minded, whir of the moment occurrences. One shot that stands out is a drugged-out O'Shaughnessy giving an equally high Rihanna a spontaneous--and seemingly sloppy--tattoo of the word "mine" on her backside. This controversial scene comes shortly after the attention-grabbing clip for her also controversial 'Man Down' music video.
Back in May, iVillage reported that the Parents Television Council and Industry Ears committees petitioned renowned television station, BET, to stop playing the 'Man Down' video after it showed an explicit clip of premeditated murder and sexual assault. Likewise, the 'We Found Love' video unabashedly shows detailed usage of drugs and alcohol. One scene includes Rihanna lighting up about 15 blunts, all of which O'Shaughnessy simultaneously smokes.
Despite the controversial aspect of it, the clip is a well-composed montage of psychedelic imagery and free spirit that Ms. Fenty captures in the song. The quick pace of these controversial images allow for the viewer to get lost in a trance one would imagine being preserved for the dance floor only.
Watch the clip and tell us what you think. Is it controversial? Will it even be allowed to air more than a day? Or is it simply art?