Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money‘ video just dropped and my jaw along with it! We all knew Rih was a little twisted – but what did I just watch!?
Mama Rih has always been left of centre and that’s what is so damn appealing to me. Her body of work demonstrates she DGAF about conforming to people’s gendered expectations of her, industry standards of how she should behave, her public use of illicit drugs or whether she wants to take several years off from recording an album *side-eye.*
<If you haven’t seen this video, scroll down and watch before reading any of this post>
There is not doubt that the ‘BBHMM’ video was created to shock the audience. Almost a short-film at 7 minutes long which is getting into the MJ ‘Thriller’ category – this video took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. It was terrifying, intriguing, comical and yet I still find myself marvelling at how damn good she looks as a murderer. How dare she werk the hell out of those designer shoes, that hair and expose that toned booty while acting out a gangsta revenge fantasy – the AUDACITY of it all!
I anticipated that this video would look something reminiscent of her ‘Man Down’ ‘Pour It Up,’ Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Trouble’ or perhaps Rihanna playing the role of a bad ass Madam and demanding money from paying clients. It actually ended up looking more like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone.’
The plot of the video in a nutshell tells the story of a crossed Rihanna seeking revenge for the significant loss of money from her bank accounts by her douchebag accountant. She tries to kidnap the wife as a bargaining chip, that doesn’t work so she takes matters into her own hands and goes all Dexter on his ass. She gets her money, he pays in blood. Then she pops up all Carrie like at the end just to make us clutch our pearls a little more. Best not to watch this before bed, or next to someone who you actually owe money to (let’s not give them any ideas.)
Based On A True Story
The creepiest thing is – this story is actually inspired by a true life event in Rihanna’s life (not the killing part.) Her former accountant Peter Gounis was taken to court by Rih for offering unsound financial advice causing her to lose $9 million in cash and investing in a $7.5 million home which rendered her virtually bankrupt. The takeaway here kids is don’t be in debt to Rih and Gounis and said wife – RUN!
But What Does This Video Really Mean?
The true genius of this video is in the multitude of ways you can interpret this video – the SMH suggest it could be viewed as an:
‘inevitable reaction to wall-to-wall coverage of real-world violence by whites against blacks in the United States’
or as HuffPo explores in depth:
‘a politically charged anthem calling for reparations owed by white America for the wrongs and the legacy of slavery – in a country where there is a prevailing fear of Black resistance, Rihanna is claiming her right to defend herself and her hard-earned money and is encouraging others to do the same. ‘
Or maybe Rihanna just holds a Gounis grudge?
Overall, I think the video for ‘Bitch Better Have My Money‘ has achieved what it set out to do – shock and get people talking. Although a fantasy, it demonstrates just how far Rihanna is willing to go when crossed – and this doesn’t surprise me being the bad ass female that she is. Whether you think the video for ‘Bitch Better Have My Money‘ or #BBHMM is a political statement involving race and reparations, an industry dig or an episode of Dexter is – completely up to you to decide.
Shout out to Rachel Roberts who played the wife of the accountant who is a model and the accountant played by Hannibal’s Mads Mikkelsen – they did a great job in their roles for this video.
Kudos to Rihanna as ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ both universally threatens debtors and manages to bolster her position as an artistic genius who DGAF *bows down.*
‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ Video
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