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R&B and pop singer Rihanna found herself at the center of controversy once again Monday as she filmed another “inappropriate” music video in Northern Ireland.
While on site recording her new single, “We Found Love,” with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, the pop star, stripped down for a scene in the video. She was told, however, that her behavior was inappropriate and asked to stop by the owner of the barley field they were using in Clandeboye.
The farmer, Alan Graham, could not turn a blind eye as Rihanna began taking off garments of clothing for the shoot, changing from a long checkered dress to a red bikini, eventually going topless, according to The Telegraph.
“I realized things had got to a stage which were not acceptable to me. Things became inappropriate and I asked the film crew to stop,” Graham, 61, told the news agency.
“If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate then I say, ‘Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that.’”
The Christian father of four, unaware of what was going to take place on his 60-acre land beforehand, shared that he did not make his expectations clear to the film crew when they asked him to use his field.
“There was no firm arrangement about borrowing the field. Everybody was done on an ad hoc basis... Everything that was going to take place was not made clear to me,” The Telegraph quoted Graham.
Following what he called his “ethos” according to the BBC, Graham asked the crew to stop filming after deeming Rihanna’s behavior unacceptable.
“I don’t want to say what I said to Rihanna or what she said to me. We had a conversation. We shook hands and parted company on good terms,” he added. “She understood where I was coming from.”
The 61-year-old man, prior to the filming, had no idea who the “Umbrella” artist was. “I never heard of Rihanna until someone called me requesting the use of my land. I knew on Monday who she was. Someone explained she was as big as it gets as far as pop stars were concerned. I am a bit illiterate about those issues.”
Despite Graham’s ignorance towards Rihanna’s fame, hundreds of locals who were well acquainted with the singer, gathered at the field near Bangor, Co Down hoping to catch a glimpse of the star.
With three sold out concerts at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena this weekend, it appears as if Graham is among the minority in the country who do not know her.
Regardless of the termination of the filming, the farmer holds nothing against the 23-year-old Barbadian artist.
“I wish no ill will against Rihanna and her friends. Perhaps they could acquaint themselves with a greater God,” Graham told the BBC.
This is not the first time the singer has been warned of her inappropriate behavior displayed in her music videos. Rihanna’s “Man Down” video, just a few months ago, caused much angst in the community for its use of violence and retaliation.
The video, which showed the singer murdering a man for sexually assaulting her, was denounced by many organizations like the Parents Television Council and the Enough is Enough Campaign, for sending out a bad message to young girls.
Remaining unapologetic however, Rihanna defended her video and responded to concerned parents and organizations via Twitter by writing, “The music industry isn’t exactly Parents R Us!”
“We have the freedom to make art, LET US! It’s your job to make sure they don’t turn out like us,” she added.
Justifying her “art,” the multiple Grammy award-winning entertainer continues to move ahead in a direction that, though is not pleasing to parents, is making waves in the music industry, having sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles to date.