M.I.A.'s "Born Free" Video Not Shown on YouTube Due to Nature of the Clip's Graphic Violence
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:22:21
The eerie, creepy and visually powerful video for M.I.A.'s "Born Free" is so graphically violent that YouTube will not post it. The clip, which plays out like a short film, was officially revealed on her website, http://miauk.com/, yesterday morning and the politically-minded star revealed that the clip was not being show on YouTube via her Twitter account… just another indicator that a tweet is going to slowly but surely take the place of a press release.
"F*ck UMG who won't show it on YouTube!" read the tweet, which suggests that her label itself was behind the ban. She later proclaimed that her label was not the reason for YouTube not showing the clip and she revealed that her new album is due in June. "Born Free" is from that forthcoming album.
The eight-minute clip features military officers boasting American flag badges on their uniforms as they raid a city, which hints at being somewhere in the Middle East. The officers pistol whip citizens in bedroom sand in their houses. They round up several ginger kids – red-headed young men- in a bus and drive them off to a field for their execution. A young boy is shot in the head, which is probably the most potent and disturbing image of many potent and disturbing images in this video, which was directed by Romain Gavras.
Did you find the video worthy of a YouTube ban? Or do you appreciate M.I.A.'s politics? Can this controversy reignite interest in M.I.A.'s career?