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    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:13:32

    M.I.A. Discusses Beyonce, Kanye, Male Sporting Institutions, And America's Race Issues -

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    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.

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    M.I.A. is the subject of a profile by The Evening Standard that was published today. In the interview she discusses Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show, advice she received from Kanye West, male sporting institutions, and America's struggle with race issues.

    The Evening Standard's reporter asked M.I.A. what she thought about Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show and her Black Power salute to Black Lives Matter. M.I.A. responded, "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 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. 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. And you cannot ask it on a song that's on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back."

    She also briefly touched on her view of the "male sporting institution" - she was sued by the NFL for flipping the the bird during her halftime performance in 2012 - saying, "The way females fit into those cultures is simply as sex objects. You either get passed around the players, or you're a cheerleader. It's hard for a musician to relate to that."

    M.I.A. also relayed some advice she got from Kanye West 10 years ago, "‘He said: "Whatever you do, don't date people, don't get pregnant, don't fall in love. Love is like cancer." At the time, I thought he was so wrong. I said: "It's terrible you think like that!" But now I think he was right.'

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