On Tuesday, The New York Times ran an 8000 word profile on M.I.A. that focused on the many contradictions of the world famous singer/rapper/provocateur. The NYT reporter (Lynn Hirschberg) took a few cheap (albeit masterfully executed) shots* in the piece.
M.I.A. responded by Tweeting the reporter’s cell phone number as if it were her own, encouraging her fans to call her to discuss the article. This however may backfire on M.I.A. though as it’s how we found out about the Times piece. Celebrity Tweet reports are all the rage on the internet, so I can only imagine how many additional hundreds of thousands of people will now read the article.
Links to the original story and our take on it below.
If we’re forced to take sides in this one though, we’re going with Hirschberg. Even though there are moments of subjective slant in the piece, we feel the rest of the piece explain that slant. M.I.A. reveals herself to be a hot intellectual mess – pimping political views that are naive and simplistic and rewriting her father’s history as it suits her current rant. First he’s a rebel freedom fighter, then when it’s convenient he’s suddenly a 20 year company man for the Sri Lankan government (the entity he was supposedly fighting against in the first version). She often sounds like Paris Hilton when discussing jewelry and red carpet designers, usually just after a sweeping statement about the conditions of the world’s poor.
Final verdict – if the un-listenable mess that is “Born Free” and it’s clumsy attempt at dressing up shock-video as political statement weren’t enough to make you jump ship on M.I.A. – this article just might.
Original article from the New York Times here.
M.I.A.’s retalitweetian here.
* – “I kind of want to be an outsider,” she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry. “I don’t want to make the same music, sing about the same stuff, talk about the same things. If that makes me a terrorist, then I’m a terrorist.” Truffle flavored French fries – the food of terrorism.