*If you’ve been wondering whether British/ Sri Lankan hip hop artist M.I.A. is still controversial when it comes to today’s hot button issues? Well, the answer is absolutely, hell yeah.
In a recent interview for Evening Standard Magazine, the rapper/singer spoke on what she’s been up to, including originality in pop music and sexism in sports and what seems like her favorite subject, the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990’s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s,” said M.I.A, 40, whose birth name is Mathangi Arulpragasam. “Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.”
You did notice in her comment above that she mentioned Beyonce, however, in a response/tweet to the article, she says she wasn’t criticizing Bey.
A#blacklivesmatter B#Muslimlivesmatter. I’m not Muslim . My criticism wasn’t about Beyoncé. It’s how u can say A not B right now in 2016.
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) April 21, 2016
In any event, the comments came in response to interviewer Richard Godwin’s segue from M.I.A’s own bold performance at 2012’s Super Bowl XLVI, to inquire about her thoughts on Beyonce’s “Formation” statement during this year’s half-time show.
“You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back,” she concluded on the matter of embracing more recent ethnic struggles.
While it’s expected that a lot of black Americans are not going to be too receptive of M.I.A.’s thoughts on the #BLM situation, … basically they don’t think it’s black folk’s job to fight other people’s battles … but one thing she does get right is that the issue of racism is literally and figuratively not black and white.