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M.I.A. Ain’t Nothing To F*ck With

Submitted by on May 27, 2010 – 5:04 pm4 Comments
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Singer M.I.A. is not having it.

Journalist Lynn Hirschberg recently wrote a profile on the controversial musician, much of which focused on M.I.A.’s political beliefs and their effect on her music and lifestyle. I guess Lynn pissed off the wrong woman because M.I.A. took to her Twitter page with the following message.

Too bad that’s actually the journalist’s cell phone number. I’m guessing M.I.A. was not fond of the following quotes (don’t worry—there are plenty of other unflattering statements and quotes in this article).

Like a trained politician, [Maya] stays on message. It’s hard to know if [Maya] believes everything she says or if she knows that a loud noise will always attract a crowd.

Unlike, say, her performance at the Grammys, which was a perfect fusion of spectacle (a nine-months-pregnant woman rapping in a see-through dress) with content (Maya’s fervor was linked to the music), the video for ‘Born Free’ feels exploitative and hollow. Seemingly designed to be banned on YouTube, which it was instantly, the video is set in Los Angeles where a vague but apparently American militia forcibly search out red-headed men and one particularly beautiful red-headed child. The gingers, as Maya called them, using British slang, are taken to the desert, where they are beaten and killed. The first to die is the child, who is shot in the head. While ‘Born Free’ is heard in the background throughout, the song is lost in the carnage. As a meditation on prejudice and senseless persecution, the video is, at best, politically naïve.

Photo Courtesy of The New York Times

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