The singer’s newfound “bad girl” image has recently gotten her into a bit of trouble, as a growing number of countries have banned her new video for her song “S&M,” and two major media outlets are taking its content into serious consideration.
According to reports, the video, which depicts the 22-year-old pop star dressed in latex and whipping a man, has already been axed from the BBC’s daytime radio playlist in the UK, reported Mirror online. “We are waiting for an edited version before deciding whether it will be played in the daytime,” said a BBC spokesperson.
The song’s suggestive lyrics and the accompanying video have led to it being flagged as inappropriate for users under the age of 18 by YouTube.
Meanwhile, YouTube users are split on the video, with some claiming that it is close to being pornography, while others say that Rihanna has grown up and this video reflects her healthy attitude to sex.
However, Rihanna fired back via Twitter, saying that the video’s content is no more controversial than that in the video to her 2007 single “Umbrella,” which featured the singer nude in silver body paint. She has also posted the video in its original form on her website.
(Contents used for this article were obtained from the U.K.’s Daily Mirror)