But when it’s bad
I feel so ashamed
Who’s that dude
I don’t even know his name
I laid hands on her
I’ll never stoop so low again
I guess I don’t know my own strength
Those are just a few lyrics from Eminem’s track, “Love the Way You Lie”, off of his latest album, “Recovery”. It has topped music charts for three weeks now. Today we’re featuring the video. Rihanna sings the chorus while Megan Fox and Lost actor Dominic Monaghan portray a sultry couple unable to shake the unending cycle of love and hate, rage and guilt. Is the fire here a metaphor? People trapped in the grip of domestic violence are toxic to one another. But how many of their stories end in literal flames? The question this video inspires is, then, are we glorifying a nasty topic, or is it done justice?
“There’s nothing sexy or cool or fun about being in a violent relationship,” Monaghan assured MTV.com. The actor said he injured his knee and his hand during filming. He further related his thoughts on what Eminem’s song means, saying, “Ultimately, what I think he’s trying to say in the song … is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did.” Monaghan postures that even a good video can include a message of caution. Is that a good excuse for the embattled couple looking so hot? Rihanna, no stranger to the video’s topic, told Access Hollywood, working this project was something she needed to do. She called it authentic and real. In other news, the singer will also appear in a future Peter Berg film. Eminem, in fact, may soon appear on Entourage, season seven.