One year after Rihanna left one Irish farmer feeling very uncomfortable for baring a bit too much on his farm, DUP Alderman Alan Graham is opening up once again about her "state of undress" during the "We Found Love" video. It seems that in the time since she shot the video on his land, he has reassessed some of the comments he made about the singer and her award-winning clip.
"I will not judge her and I will never condemn her. I found her to be a nice girl," he told U.K. newspaper The Sun. He added though that he still believes that the video "focused too much on sexuality."
At the time, Graham objected to Rih's wardrobe, which included a bikini top and jeans, but eventually included fewer and fewer of those clothing items. In September 2011, he shared, "The issue was that I felt Rihanna was in a more state of undress than a bikini top. She was wearing jeans, of course she was. It was only when they moved for five or 10 minutes into our field that I felt things were getting inappropriate."
"From my point of view, it was my land, I have an ethos and I felt it was inappropriate," he added about her look in the video. "I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God."
Rihanna released the video in October of that year and director Melina Matsoukas dished to MTV News about the video's provocative imagery, which not only included a lack of clothing on the star, but also references to drug use and domestic violence.
"We love, obviously, to do provocative imagery ... we always try to definitely push the limits," Matsoukas said. "I think because, in the end, it's not really at all about domestic violence. It's really just about it being toxic, and they're on this drug trip and that definitely plays a part, but I think it's also about being triumphant over those weaknesses, and she leaves him. It's not trying to glorify that type of relationship. The bad parts of it, that's what you don't want. In the end, her leaving, it represents her getting that out of her life. The drugs and the addiction and he toxic — that's what brings her downfall and brings a lot of harm."
Graham's comments about the clip come weeks after she took home the Moonman for Video of the Year at the VMAs for the clip. The video is also up for Best Video at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards next month.
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