Redhead Victim from M.I.A.'s 'Born Free' Gets Reprise in Sleigh Bells' 'Riot Rhythm'

Redhead Victim from M.I.A.'s 'Born Free' Gets Reprise in Sleigh Bells' 'Riot Rhythm'

Twelve-year-old Ian Hamrick is the Tawny Kitaen of pop for the indie set (or at least M.I.A. label N.E.E.T.). But, you know, 12 and not some chick who gyrates on top of cars in Whitesnake videos.

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First he played the red-headed gunshot target in M.I.A.'s controversional video for "Born Free," which, in the process of creating commentary about genocide, was (sort of) banned from YouTube. Now Hamrick returns as a chess prodigy in Sleigh Bells' amusing "Riot Rhythm" video, which is not exactly an official clip but should be.

Video: Sleigh Bells, "Riot Rhythm"

In the Bo Mirosseni-directed video, Hamrick plays "the pupil," who trains his little heart out for a round of magical chess by playing a prehistoric computer game. Oh, he also whips his flaming red hair back and forth. Willow would be so proud, inspiring other preteens to give themselves permanent neck damage.

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