Because no-one, in the wake of this piece, is talking about the Tamils. No-one’s talking about Sri Lanka. No-one’s talking about M.I.A.’s most provocative belief, the one that’s really threatening: The idea that violent oppression can and should be met with violent resistance, which is a complicated and scary proposition, one that people have been evaluating and fighting over for a long-ass time, one that we’re nowhere near figuring out as yet. No-one is talking about that; no-one, to be blunt, really cares. What we’re talking about, instead, is a plate of f*cking fries.
I just found it interesting that M.I.A is married to a billionaire, which definitely lessens the impact of any activism that she might have been doing before. It’s easy to be an activist while you’re sipping Crystal in your LA Mansion. A lot tougher when you’re trying to make ends meet as an artist.