*Rihanna is going in on her critics, Parents’ Television Council and former BET employee Paul Porter, for criticizing her “Man Down” video which depicts a victim of domestic violence, shooting down her assailant.

Thursday, on BET’s “106 & Park” music video countdown show, Rihanna said the video is “art with a message.”

“We just wanted to hone in on a very serious matter that people are afraid to address, especially if you’ve been victimized in this scenario,” Rihanna said.

BET says it will continue to play the video, explaining that the network “has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content” and that Rihanna’s video “complied with these guidelines and was approved for air.”

Interestingly, MTV hasn’t played the video. A MTV representative told the AP they’re “in the process of reviewing the video.”

Rihanna also used Twitter to vigorously defend her video and thanked her supporters. She claimed it’s all about artistic freedom, youth and desire to inspire.

“I’m a 23 year old rockstar with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent? I’m just a girl, I can only be your/our voice!” she wrote early Thursday afternoon. “Cuz we all know how difficult/embarrassing it is to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone especially our parents!… And this is why!Cuz we turn the other cheek! U can’t hide your kids from society,or they’ll never learn how to adapt!This is the REAL WORLD!… The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us! We have the freedom to make art, LET US! Its your job to make sure they dont turn out like US”

As we previously reported, the PTC used Paul Porter, the former BET announcer and founder of Industry Ears, to voice its complaints:

“‘Man Down’ is an inexcusable, shock-only, shoot-and-kill theme song. In my 30 years of viewing BET, I have never witnessed such a cold, calculated execution of murder in primetime. Viacom’s standards and practices department has reached another new low,” Porter said in the statement. “If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass and BET should know better. The video is far from broadcast worthy.”