Dungarvan-based psychotherapist Michael Fitzgerald, who specialises in teen counselling and parent coaching at CounsellingWaterford.com, thinks so. “I watched Rihanna’s new video and found it very disturbing,” he says. “Moreover, it is freely available to her young teenage fans online.
“Rihanna herself was a victim of abuse, but promoting a personal power fantasy over other human beings is hardly a healthy way of dealing with the world.
“Encouraging your audience to engage in self-centred revenge scenarios with drug and alcohol-fuelled sessions of abusing other human beings is hardly what a role model who says she wants to show female empowerment should do,” he adds. “Surely empowerment would come from encouraging people to make the right choices.”