M.I.A. Calls MTV's VMAs "Racism Sexism Classism Elitism"
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:09:24
On Tuesday, MTV revealed its nominees for their upcoming annual VIdeo Music Awards. M.I.A.'s video for "Boarders: was not included on the list - it was one of our favorite videos of 2015 - and she responded on her Twitter today saying:
BORDERS came representing people outside US showing ð. This is a perfect example of "allowed" voice vs excluded voices .Even if U direct it.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) July 28, 2016
not here 4 EGO or Accolades but know before you tell other ð artists they have the same platform as major US artists coz they don't #ð— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) July 28, 2016
M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy, and the video for "Boarders" certainly got people talking. Earlier this year she told 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."
M.I.A. is dropping her next, and possibly final, album September 9th. It is titled Aim.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff