M.I.A is taking jabs at The New York Times this week for a recent article that the paper ran with their suggestions for “The 31 Places to Go in 2010.” The publication ranked Sri Lanka as their number one spot for a tropical getaway. M.I.A. – a Sri Lankan refugee – was outraged by this claim.
The Times cited Sri Lanka’s beautiful coastlines and tropical appeal as a reason to make it one of your top traveling destinations in 2010. However, M.I.A. (who was born in England but returned to her native Sri Lanka soon after birth) has a different view of the island nation, which has been torn apart by civil war. In one of her multiple twitter posts on the topic, she even shows a gruesome picture of dead bodies floating along the same coastlines that The Times mentions.
In another tweet, M.I.A. expresses her outrage by saying “Fuck The New York Times! Do you think you need to go here on vacation?” The tweet includes yet another horrific picture of the destruction in Sri Lanka.
M.I.A. has been known for her politically charged lyrics since she first arrived on the scene, and this latest eruption may add more fuel to the fire, as she is currently working on a new album with producers Diplo and Blaqstarr. Just yesterday she leaked a track via Twitter called “There’s Space For Ol Dat I See.”
Check back to BTR for updates on M.I.A. as the prospects for future brilliance from this talented artist are surely on the horizon.
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– Emily Smith