Los Angeles: US cable network Black Entertainment Television (BET) Officials refused to ban Rihanna's controversial new video, ‘Man Down’, which sees her shooting down a man.

The 23-year-old, who was famously assaulted in 2009 by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown, came under fire from members of the Parents Television Council for setting a bad example with the video, reported TMZ online.

“If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and Bet premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass,” a PTC representative said.

In the latest video, the 'Umbrella' hit maker murders a man who sexually assaults her.

In the promo the singer shoots a man at a railway station and a series of flashback images then show her grappling with him outside a nightclub as he tries to rape her.

But BET chiefs are refusing to bow to pressure to pull the video from screens.

“BET has a comprehensive set of standards and guidelines that are applied to all of our content. The Rihanna 'Man Down' video complied with these guidelines and was approved for air,” said the network's spokesperson.

(Agencies)