New York Times does a hatchet job on M.I.A.


by Sunny
11th February, 2009 at 7:04 am    

Apparently, rapper M.I.A. (who looks glorious in her advanced pregnancy by the way) is on the “outer fringes” of opinion by being concerned about Tamil deaths by the Sri Lankan government.

Erm, this is despite the fact that Amnesty International published a report saying the same thing? I love the NYT but this hatchet job really is pathetic.


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  1. Letters From A Tory — on 11th February, 2009 at 9:51 am  

    Is it just me, or does every issue that gets a random celebrity tagged onto it immediately become less interesting?

  2. SKyee-Vee — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:14 am  

    This story has cropped up yet again?

    M.I.A. is a rapper and as most rappers do, she raps about her experiences. Just so happens that her dad was a player in the Tamil separatist movement and her experiences have been influenced by that. She is allowed to comment on her upbringing. An upbringing that may have involved suspect iconography and views. They, along with terrorist acts could have affected her life. I do not feel she is glorifying the struggle but commentating on it and bringing attention to it. Which she has done.

    She is allowed an opinion, but has been a bit ambiguous on this matter. How far does her support go? I am not sure. So far she has stated she does not support terrorist actions. She has displayed an sympathy for people that she believes are being unfairly treated.

    Until there is proof that her record sales are funding extremist groups, or starts preaches extremist actions I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

  3. Leon — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:28 am  

    Is it just me, or does every issue that gets a random celebrity tagged onto it immediately become less interesting?

    It’s not just you.

    M.I.A. is a thoroughly boring and talentless music ‘artist’ in my opinion irrelevant of her views on SL or the Tamils…

  4. Rumbold — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:35 am  

    Finally, someone who agrees with me on MIA (Leon #3).

  5. Sid — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:38 am  

    She’s had her moments but o/w she’s a bit rubbish isn’t she? The asian Lily Allen?

  6. SKye-Vee — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:58 am  

    #5 nah with Lily Allen at least you know what she is going on about, even if you do not want to.

    MIA needs lessons in good spelling and grammer (so do, I think). You can tell she was educated in England. Half the time I do not know what she is rapping about.

  7. Tim B — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:58 am  

    Apparently, rapper M.I.A. (who looks glorious in her advanced pregnancy by the way) is on the “outer fringes” of opinion by being concerned about Tamil deaths by the Sri Lankan government.

    Uhh, no, what places her on the outer fringes of opinion, according to the article, is her claim that the Sri Lankan government is committing genocide. Do you think it is?

  8. Sid — on 11th February, 2009 at 11:04 am  

    Half the time I do not know what she is rapping about.

    This might be her appeal, at least with certain sections of the painfully trendy pseuds of Shoreditch – for whom she has ‘counterculture’ appeal. The best thing I like about her though is the music by, boyfriend, Diplo – who is quite good.

  9. Leon — on 11th February, 2009 at 11:36 am  

    The asian Lily Allen?

    Haha excellent comparison!

  10. AsifB — on 11th February, 2009 at 12:50 pm  

    Sid – for someone who thinks her music is ‘a bit rubbish,’ you seem to know an awful lot about her.

    All I know is that Paper Planes or at least the version used to accompany the train montage in Slumdog Millionaire – is good because it samples the Clash’s ‘Straight to Hell’

    Anyway even though its the age of Obama and Chuck D gets a slot on Newsnight, good rappers are meant to fight the power; Being descended from a Tamil Tiger is different from being the son of a Black Panther, but it’s the same cricket field no?

  11. Leon — on 11th February, 2009 at 1:02 pm  

    Being descended from a Tamil Tiger is different from being the son of a Black Panther, but it’s the same cricket field no?

    Chuck D has talent. M.I.A. has little so no not the same ‘cricket field.

  12. Sid — on 11th February, 2009 at 1:03 pm  

    Asif, It’s not as if I didn’t give her a chance. I bought her stuff and *tried* to like it but it was like trying to force myself to like Marmite.

    I’m a bit of an anorak when it comes to electronica.

  13. Ravi Naik — on 11th February, 2009 at 2:03 pm  

    I love the NYT but this hatchet job really is pathetic.

    No, that’s dishonest. Pathetic is having hired Bill Kristol for a year.

  14. halima — on 11th February, 2009 at 2:21 pm  

    “This might be her appeal, at least with certain sections of the painfully trendy pseuds of Shoreditch – for whom she has ‘counterculture’ appeal.”

    I don’t think anyone thinks MIA is counterculture… even the shortditch/clapham common set are not that confused.

    All the friends i know who know her and talk about her are men – and i suspect it ain’t the music that appeals but her quite sexy image. Much like that pretty face with the bus campaign. No offense intended to the music or the campaign respectively.

    and the music is alright – i was quite excited when i first discovered her , but wasn’t sure anymore – she confuses me on the dancefloor.

  15. Sid — on 11th February, 2009 at 2:45 pm  

    halima,

    and the music is alright – i was quite excited when i first discovered her , but wasn’t sure anymore – she confuses me on the dancefloor.

    You have an existential conflict when you hear MIA on the dancefloor? Then you need Indeep!

  16. halima — on 11th February, 2009 at 2:54 pm  

    “You have an existential conflict when you hear MIA on the dancefloor? Then you need Indeep!”

    LOL….did you just use the word ‘existential’ in the same setence as ‘dancefloor’? I’m ever more confused – bring Indeep whoever(whatever)he/she is!

  17. Roger — on 11th February, 2009 at 5:59 pm  

    “Uhh, no, what places her on the outer fringes of opinion, according to the article, is her claim that the Sri Lankan government is committing genocide. Do you think it is?”

    Unfortunately, some of the rhetoric of current Sri Lankan government members sounds genocidal; they hve very close relations with the armed forces; they seem intent on turning the Tamils into an oppressed and feared minority, which lay behind the original rise of the Tamil Tigers and it certainly looks as though the government with the assistance of the security services and armed forces kills Sinhalese politicians and journalists who oppose it and its policies. They may not be genocidal by formal definition, but they are undoubtegly racially prejudiced against Tamils and probably nearly as ruthless as the tamil Tigers in their methods.

  18. Sunny — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:38 pm  

    Am I the only person who loves MIA?? lol!

    I LUUUUURVEEEEE Paper Planes!

  19. Leon — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:48 pm  

    Nah I got a friend who tried to get me to like her too.

  20. BenSix — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:51 pm  

    “I LUUUUURVEEEEE Paper Planes!”

    Ooh, I do too. And Lily Allen? Eh? I don’t have anything against her, but in terms of good pop music Paper Planes is to LDN what Beethoven’s 5th is to a kid with a saucepan and wooden spoon.

  21. BenSix — on 11th February, 2009 at 10:53 pm  

    “All the friends i know who know her and talk about her are men – and i suspect it ain’t the music that appeals but her quite sexy image.”

    Surely then they wouldn’t buy the music, but just type her name into google images?

  22. Amrit — on 12th February, 2009 at 12:12 am  

    I love M.I.A too! I like putting her on and dancing frantically when my boyfriend is over, because he just looks at me in fearful bafflement, wincing like an old person. Mwahahaha.

  23. halima — on 12th February, 2009 at 6:29 am  

    Ben Six

    “Surely then they wouldn’t buy the music, but just type her name into google images?”

    I am sure a big part of Kylie Minogue’s success is the fact that she is a fit babe, too. Just saying ..

    There’s something about beauty and talent together that works with everyone, i think.

    Amrit

    “because he just looks at me in fearful bafflement, wincing like an old person”

    LOL

    I never understood the private dancing thing! i am an exhibitionist so need at least 50 people watching!

  24. SKye-Vee — on 12th February, 2009 at 10:41 am  

    #23 “I never understood the private dancing thing! i am an exhibitionist so need at least 50 people watching!”

    So one person watching from outside with binoculars doesn’t quite work for you then?

    Never understood the private dancing thing either. I mean £20 for a girl to strip in front of you for the length of a song, and you can’t touch her. You might as well go with a prostitute… at least you get to sleep with her.

    Not that I would, just demonstrating a point. Oh dear, I believe I have mentioned too much about my deviant ways. I would hit delete but then that wouldn’t be deviant would it?

  25. halima — on 12th February, 2009 at 5:50 pm  

    sorry sky-vee , you lost me. I was thinking of different kind of deviancy – one of my regrets in life was that i never learned to break dance – though that still doesn’t stop me from going there in public with say 50 strong crowd. And the crowd? It’s all about bringing on a challenge – not watching from the sidelines. If they’re man enough.

  26. Don — on 12th February, 2009 at 6:47 pm  

    My daughter, who has excellent taste in music (she must have, as half my cd’s have migrated to her room), is an admirer and I really like the MIA stuff she plays in the car. And that’s without knowing what she looks like.

  27. halima — on 12th February, 2009 at 6:49 pm  

    hey don, who can argue with your daughter’s taste – she must be a star by the sounds of it, so i take back what i wrote earlier!

  28. Don — on 12th February, 2009 at 7:20 pm  

    Thanks, halima. Yeah, a star. She also introduced me to Dizzee Rascal – I had no idea rap (or whatever the term is) could actually be witty and thoughtful.

  29. kELvi — on 13th February, 2009 at 5:28 am  

    I can’t stand MIA or paper planes or the rap rip off her terrible song. I can’t stand the LTTE and think they are a good riddance. Anyone who speaks up for the LTTE that has butchered every rival Tamil group, and countless Sinhalese deserves criticism.

  30. SajiniW — on 13th February, 2009 at 9:42 pm  

    Roger – 90% of Tamils live outside the LTTE zone, amongst other ethnic groups. Over 60% of businesses in Colombo are Tamil owned. Exactly how is this the plight of an oppressed minority?

    The genocide no one talks about is that of countless non-Tamils who’ve been ethnically cleansed out of the North and North-East.

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