M.I.A. Clarifies Comments on Beyonce, Black Lives Matter Movement
In a recent interview with ES magazine, eclectic musicmaker M.I.A. tackled various topics like Kanye West's advice to her 10 years ago (“Whatever you do, don’t date people, don’t get pregnant, don’t fall in love. Love is like cancer") and being a mom ("I’m not very good at being a mother").
When asked if the "Borders" rapper/singer had seen Beyonce's Super Bowl performance of her empowering anthem "Formation," the former SB performer herself -- M.I.A. landed in a hefty multi-million dollar legal battle with the NFL for flipping the finger during her set at 2012's Super Bowl XLVI -- offered her thoughts on 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 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s," she said. "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 program, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back."
After her comments appeared to rub the Internet the wrong way, the Sri Lankan rhymer took to Twitter to clarify her comments on Thursday morning (April 21). "My question was, on American platforms what do they allow you to stand up for in 2016. This has been the number 1 question for me," she tweeted. "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."
My question was,on American platforms what do they allow you to stand up for in 2016. This has been the number 1 question for me.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) April 21, 2016
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
Billboard has reached out to a rep for M.I.A. for additional comment.