She speaks her mind.
M.I.A. couldn’t hold much in last Tuesday during the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). At this year’s event, the nominated discovered who won it big and that included both Beyoncé and Adele. However, the next day, miss “Bad Girls” was enraged! She went at the VMAs for being ignorant of her own music video “Border” because it had to do with a real major political issue such as the refugee crisis. This is an actual problem occurring here and now in our present day, and the songstress took that to heart. She announced that the VMAs were a triple threat of racist, sexist, and classist elitist.
Like she always does when discontent with the music industry, she posted emphatic, angered, and cynical messages on Twitter saying in one that “this is a perfect example of ‘allowed’ voice vs excluded voices.” The Sri Lankan-Brit artist has been struggling with the music world a lot lately, from the production of her own album, to the delayed release of it via her record label, Interscope Records, and threatening to leak it herself, to now this, she’s definitely not a fan. It’s unfortunate, and the VMAs may have overlooked the visual like she said, but they also may have just been oblivious. We don’t really know what happened; nonetheless, the rest of the world is overlooking the tragedies occurring in our present day, and they should be paying attention to artists like M.I.A. who are trying to deliver that message and inform us of these events.
Thanks to Pitchfork, we were able to recall that earlier in the year Maya had talked about the music video specifically on Al-Jazeera.
“The reaction’s been extreme, [as with] most of my work. It has weeded out a lot of hate from neo-Nazi groups, and people thinking that it’s going to cause white genocide, and that’s what I’m promoting. Obviously, on the other side, I have had a tremendous amount of support from my fans and other people who feel that it’s important for artists and musicians to speak about current affairs, and things that actually affect our society,” elaborates M.I.A.
M.I.A.’s forthcoming album, A.I.M., is due top drop on September 9th this fall.
You can now watch her official music video for “Borders” and another captured footage of the singer/rapper explaining her music video in depth below:
Further References: Pitchfork