The singer has responded to accusations that the video was anti-feminist
Alexandra Pollard

10:33 18th September 2015

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Rihanna has responded to criticism of 'Bitch Better Have My Money', saying, "This was not a woman empowerment video. I was making a piece of art."

The video, which sees a rich white woman kidnapped and abused by Rihanna and her friends, before things take a left turn and the real target of her wrath is revealed (spoiler: it's Mads Mikkelsen), prompted much debate among feminists when it was released back in July. 

Watch the NSFW video for 'Bitch Better Have My Money' below

"I wanted people to feel like they'd got more than they'd expected," she explained to NME as part of her cover for the first free edition of the magazine. "But not in a shocking way - in the sense of, 'Wow, this is a real mini-movie'. You know? I wanted to go deeper. Mostly what I wanted was for people to get it."

When asked if she agreed that the video was anti-feminist, she replied, "Well I mean now we're reaching. I didn't think about anything that had to do with that. Wow. And at the end of the day the women won. The bitch was the man. So I'm confused."

She added, "Those are the people that didn't get it. I'm not worried about those people. This was not a woman empowerment video. I was making a piece of art."

Elsewhere in the interview, Rihanna said that she wouldn't consider joining the huge string of celebrities who have joined Taylor Swift on-stage, saying, "I don't think our brands are the same... She's a role model, I'm completely not."

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