While fans are applauding Kanye West's innovative clip for "Power," others are buzzing about the serious domestic violence undertones displayed in Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" video. The Joseph Kahn-directed clip portrays the downward spiral of an abusive couple, played by Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan, as they appear to be just as much lovers as they are fighters.
Reactions to the video have been strong, with many fans noting the clip's cinematic vibe. "It was a good mini movie," MTV News reader down.to.fly wrote. "In the end Megan's sitting there and she looks so perfect but then you see the bruise near her eye and it's shocking. Shows how ugly the relationship really is. Well directed," down.to.fly continued.
Another commenter was left speechless after watching the clip as he revealed it touched home in more ways than one. "This video is hot, awesome, I can't explain it. WOW!" Queli wrote. "What a good performance, what a great message. Eminem if u see this, man I know what it is to be in a relationship like this one, I am glad I got out, hope you are as well. God bless you and Rihanna, keep on going man, you are being heard."
Emotions got the best of Mark Anthony Sanchez as he shed a few tears while watching the video. "Awesome...I keep watchin' this over and over...I cried I ain't gonna lie...this is his best video and for sure the best of the year....Eminem, Rihanna, Megan, Dominic, perfect," he said.
Twitter users shared their 140 characters on the clip, even making Eminem a worldwide trending topic in the process. @jhamirah was able to describe the clip in no fewer than four words, saying, "Wow. Intense. Uncomfortable. AMAZING!"
@Bella31102 thought that the clip was like no other. "The most powerful music video I have ever seen!" she tweeted.
Kahn's portrayal of the couple's abuse is not held back in the video, and that realism didn't sit well with everyone. "I have some issues with Eminem and Rihanna's new video. It should come with a warning for starts. I might write a blog about it. #fb," tweeted @sapphictraffic.
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