Rihanna racheted up her sexuality to new levels in advance of the release of her latest album Talk That Talk, which hit store shelves yesterday (Nov. 21).
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The album release coincides with a new round of sexually provocative photos from her label Def Jam Recordings.
The photos show Rihana’s breasts being fondled by the hands of an unseen female.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas, who also helmed videos for “Rude Boy,” “Rockstar 101,” “Hard” and “S&M,” used sex, drugs, money and passionate love as the vidoe’s themes.
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The 23-year-old singer’s unabashed, free-spirited raunchiness is pervasive. But the French are appalled for another reason.
Authorities there say the video encourages “self-destructive behavior.”
The more romantic scenes were pronounced “suggestive,” whatever that means.
The clip, which also features Irish model Dudley O’Shaughnessy, shows Rihanna engaged in a heated, drug fueled and ultimately abusive relationship.
In many ways, the video parallels her real life relationship with rapper Chris Brown, which ended in a violent assault on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
The Supreme Audiovisual Council of France was apparently appalled by scenes of shoplifting, smoking, spanking and what looks like drug use.
Nudity in France usually isn’t an issue, although Rihanna is clothed, albeit scantily, throughout the video.
“We’ve never done a video like this before,” Rihanna said of the shoot.
“This is probably one of the deepest videos I’ve ever done. It’s all about love and love being like a drug… you definitely get that from this.
“The good feeling of it and the dangers of it. That’s what this video is about,” she explained.
The video was shot in Ireland, but Rihanna caused an uproar there when she ran through a field topless in broad daylight.
Farmer Alan Graham, 61, threw Rihanna off the property over the incident.
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