The pop singer Rihanna caused some controversy during her recent visit to Northern Ireland, as regards both the filming of a video and her performance at the Odyssey, when fans were kept waiting for her to appear.
Part of the video was filmed in the New Lodge Road area in North Belfast and crowds of local people flocked round her during her time in the area. They were excited and delighted about her visit to the New Lodge but I wonder what their reaction is now that the video is out? Apparently much of it involves her singing 'I found love in a hopeless place'. This is set against a background of drugs, alcohol and gambling, interspersed with shots of the New Lodge flats and views of the general area.
A hopeless place? Fortunately most people who see the video will have no idea where it was filmed.