09 August 2010

Does Eminem's video with Rihanna glamourise violence?

It’s the hot new music video that’s got EVERYONE talking – Eminem’s I Love The Way You Lie. A song about domestic violence, it stars Megan Fox and Lost’s Dominic Monaghan as a troubled couple who argue, fight – and eventually go up in flames at the end of the video. So far, so controversial – but US blogs and papers have been furiously debating about it because of the fact that Rihanna, whose ex-boyfriend Chris Brown was arrested for abusing her, co-stars in the video and on the song.

The song, which talks about domestic violence from a man’s point of view, features Ri-Ri singing the line: ‘But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts’. It’s caused a major storm with US critics saying it glamourises violence. But is it a thought-provoking way of looking at the subject? Rihanna has said it 'was something that needed to be done and the way he [Eminem] did it was so clever. He pretty much just broke down the cycle of domestic violence.' Eminem has also been involved in domestic violence with his ex-wife, Kim.

Megan Fox, meanwhile, apparently donated her fee to a shelter for abused women, and Eminem said: "[Director] Joseph [Kahn] and I worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right. Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge. It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this. They really brought it and made this video super-powerful."

It’s definitely super-powerful – but are the critics right? Or is it providing a way in to an important debate? Tell us what you think…


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