I was torn about embedding this so if you're going to watch this video then please also read the post.
Now I've only just got around to actually watching this music video, and it is full on pissing me off. They have the attractive actors, the big names (hello Eminem and Rihanna), and all the documented passion of a physical relationship.
Is it just me, or are they enabling abuse? Rihanna? Seriously? You never liked the way it hurt, and it's wrong for you to tell the seventeen year olds watching MTV that they should.
The worst is the conclusion reached...
"If she ever tries to fuckin' leave again I'm gonna tie her to the bed and set the house on fire."
I'm all for entertainment that enters a real life emotion. I'll never cringe from an honest exploration. And I'm not doubting that this one accurately portrays one side of the emotion involved with abuse. It screams, actually, of relative accuracy. Especially Eminem's dialog.
But I'm not impressed. I'm a fighter. The hardest act is leaving. That's what we need to be enabling.