RIHANNA'S 'WE FOUND LOVE' A FAMILIAR STORY

October 20, 2011, 11:30 am Daniel Kreps Yahoo!7 Music

Here's the music video that angered the farmers of Ireland, Rihanna's "We Found Love." And it's easy to see why the Irish were angry when the singer came in contact with their crops: Rihanna spends the whole video in various states of undress, doing drugs, and dancing up a storm.

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Watch Rihanna on the set of "We Found Love"

It's as though she's using all her time on the tour bus re-watching "Trainspotting", "Go", and "Requiem for a Dream" on a constant loop. This "hopeless place" that Rihanna keeps singing about appears to be a rave, or the Electric Daisy Carnival, or some location where eyes dilate constantly, multi-coloured pills are consumed like Skittles, and cigarettes burn down into rainbow ashes.

Rihanna with the Chris Brown look-alike Dudley O'Shaughnessy in the video for "We Found Love". Credit: Universal Music Australia

Still, it works: The song is a perfect soundtrack for this moving portrait of Europe's MDMA culture, from the quick edits to the bleached-out film stock to screen projections Rihanna often sings in front of. The fun ends for one scene, though, when Rihanna and her drug buddy, played by someone who looks exactly like Chris Brown, are arguing in a car to the point where it looks like things are about to get physical. That scene mirrors the real life incident where Brown assaulted Rihanna, and it's a creepy moment in the middle of the party.Those bikes-and-fireworks scenes at the beginning of "We Found Love" are ripped from Richard Ayoade's remarkable film Submarine, and we only mention this because Rihanna, like Beyonce, has a reputation for stealing other people's art for her music videos.

Dudley O'Shaughnessy, Ri-Ri's co-star in "We Found Love". Credit: Universal Music Australia


In fact, RiRi's "S&M" video borrowed so much from the work of photographer David LaChapelle that he sued the singer for $1 million. So it's fitting that, on the day that "We Found Love" arrives, the BBC is reporting that Rihanna and LaChapelle have settled their lawsuit, and that the photographer is "happy" with the undisclosed sum.Watch the full video for Rihanna's "We Found Love feat. Calvin Harris"

Daniel Kreps writes for Yahoo! Music

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  1. Mike07:47pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Bella I like your positive attitude, Rihanna has gone though much in her career and yes though she conforms to what many other female artists do for attention she has good points as well. it’s a shame though that with 98 thumbs down your positive comments are derailed by the majority that prefer to be consumed with seeing only the worst in everything and as such pass their judgment on others based on their own hate.

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  2. Mum707:31pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    With all that is going on in the world, this! That's not news. Trash can be found everywhere and anywhere.

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  3. d06:43pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    hey look there's a white guy, oopppss they got him.

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  4. MARK LIL06:41pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    S AND M

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  5. Existential06:18pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    She looks like a junkie

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  6. Wilson06:18pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Basically, she's just a hooker who can sing.

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    Bella06:09pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Rihanna's video is powerful, and to call her a dog is ridiculous. In reality, people are not perfect- she is representative of a real woman. She is unique and while she may not fit into the exclusive stereotype of the "perfect woman", she is real. Perhaps she is just too confronting for some people? I think this woman has far more talent than some other people who call themselves artists... e.g. Katy Perry. Why do we need to be so critical of her simply because she has flaws much like the rest of us?

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    Mark05:47pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    she's not hot, she's trashy. very average singer who only gets headlines by flashing her rude bits.

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    05:37pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    if she is talentless, then you are demented and have lost your mind. and must have lost all sanity. u r probably a drop out doing drugs going to centrelink every forthnight for the dole and have no idea what creativity means. sorry for you.

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    Paul05:34pm Thursday 20th October 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    putrid troll

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