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New York Times Magazine Posts Correction On M.I.A. Article!

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They must have been feeling the heat!

After days of M.I.A. waging war on New York Times Magazine's Lynn Hirschberg over her piece on the Sri Lankan rapper, the publication has released this statement:

The cover article in The Times Magazine on Sunday profiled the singer and political activist M.I.A. While discussing her efforts to draw attention to the civil war in her home country, Sri Lanka, she was quoted as saying: “I wasn’t trying to be like Bono. He’s not from Africa — I’m from there. I’m tired of pop stars who say, ‘Give peace a chance.’ I’d rather say, ‘Give war a chance.’ The whole point of going to the Grammys was to say, ‘Hey, 50,000 people are gonna die next month, and here’s your opportunity to help.’ And no one did.”

While M.I.A. did make those remarks, she did not make the entire statement at the same point in the interview, or in the order in which it was presented.

The part that begins, “The whole point of going to the Grammys,” up to the end of the quotation, actually came first. The part that begins, “I wasn’t trying to be like Bono,” and ends, “Give war a chance,” came later in the same interview. The article should have made clear that the two quotations came from different parts of the interview.

There you go!

What do U think?? Does the clarification of the article make that much of a difference??

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53 comments to “New York Times Magazine Posts Correction On M.I.A. Article!”

  1. 1

    Perez…u'd be pissed as hell too if the NYT mis-quoted you whether or not it was a big deal. As journalists they are held to a higher standard and they should not cut and paste quotes to make stories more interesting. Although they might sell more papers, it destroys the integrity of not only the NYT but journalists all over the world. They need to be responsible, if people want gossip and mis-quotes and such, we come here, to you Perez, but we look to the NYT for accuracy and truthfulness. If they are willing to B.S M.I.A's interview, how many other inaccurate interviews have been printed?????????

  2. 2

    MIA is such a try hard "oh look at me, I'm sooo non conformist" blah blah blah. Such a rat, fuck off MIA you've had one semi-hit single, nobody cares!

  3. 3

    Yes it does make a difference, because the author is misrepresenting the subject. So yeah it shows the lack of integrity that Miss Hirschberg has. Seriously are you that dense?

  4. 4

    especially when the author questioned MIA's integrity in her response to Lynn Hirschburgs flat out lies. So it makes you think how much of the article is fact and how much is embellished…seriously, maybe you are lacking oxygen trying to molest justin beaver.

  5. 5

    I am sick of this person…..Im from Sri Lanka and she has no clue what she is talking about. She is not smart and she grew up in London!!! Dumb…dumb…dumb! She should think before she speaks!

  6. 6

    I don't know about M.I.A., but I was relieved when the Tamil Tigers got snuffed and the war ended.
    Toronto was held hostage all last year with the endless non-stop protests by some of the 200000 Tamils that live here.
    Instead of trying to garner public support, the inhabitants of Toronto soon turned on the protesters and soon enough there were threats to mass-arrest their fucking welfare arses and deport the whole lot of them out of the fucking country.
    You see, sometimes nobody gives a bowel movement about what's going on half way around the world, and when you start mirroring terrorist strategies in your protests, disrupting society in your new adoptive country, you'd better not piss anybody off, because you'll be targetted and chucked out on your bony Tamil arses.

  7. 7

    Re: AliciaMay – actually it was a pretty big hit, not semi hit a bonafide smash hit. Go back to listening to your pop music.

  8. 8

    she bugs me

  9. 9

    No matter WHEN she said WHAT, she is still a wannabe, capitalizing on The Situation in Sri Lanka TO GIVE HERSELF A REASON TO BE. She should just shut that BIG MOUTH up!

  10. 10

    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – I love you.

  11. 11

    Re: LynnTee – While it is wrong to intentionally misquote someone, I agree with you entirely. She bugs the hell outta me.

  12. 12

    1. I only know about this woman through your postings of her. I had NO idea she was Sri Lankan — and Tamil to boot.

    2. Good for her to stick up for the Tigers. They are her blood brethren. Amazing Sri Lankans in the US have not been so vocal.

    3. Whoever commented on Tamils being on welfare in Canada, that is interesting and quite different from the US where I seriously have not met a single one who wasn't a Doctor or Engineer. My sister married a Sri Lankan and he is the most driven person I know. He'd die before going on welfare.

    4. What does she mean, she is FROM Africa? Sri Lanka is an island off the continent of Asia. Right?

  13. 13

    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – You said it the best I completely agree.

  14. 14

    Re: .::shayla::. – Get the fuck over it u sad BITCH! She bugs the hell outta u but u still take time to comment on related posted about her!? FYI for every 3 people who don't like M.I.A. 300,000 Love Her!! U LOSE! M.I.A. WINS!!!

  15. exBFF says – reply to this


    no clue who she is…despite her best efforts.

  16. LiaLo says – reply to this


    It changes the whole construction of the article. Yes it matters, but the damage has already been done. I personally am not a fan, but I think the writer of this article should be held accountable for her wording. I honestly think M.I.A should be able to sue her for "deformation of character", the writer changed the context of her speech to make her sound like a bad person dissing Bono. If it was in just a local paper it wouldn't be so bad but the New York Times! Time to fire that lazy writer.

  17. 17

    She has the weirdest nose..

  18. 18

    Hirschberg is gross.

  19. 19

    In their correction, the NYT should have pointed out to M.I.A. that Sri Lanka is not part of, nor anywhere close to Africa.

  20. 20

    She is still a MORON when it comes to issues in Sri Lanka. She was on Bill Maher, and was a COMPLETE IDIOT. He was being so nice, trying to lead her into saying something factual about the situation, and she was clueless. Dumb as a rock. She just uses the situation to promote herself. She is worse than a Kardashian, because not only is she a famewhore, she is using serious suffering to get her fix.

  21. 21

    I think that M.I.A is well aware that she is not from Africa, she just inarticulately contrasted her speaking of the situation in her home country with Bono talking about what Africans should do when he is not from there. Either way, people will complain that the West is not doing enough or that they should mind their own business.

  22. 22

    She never said she was from Africa. She said Bono wasn't from Africa, and "I'm from there", with there meaning Sri Lanka, which is what they were discussing.

    Maybe a few of you should sign off teh_intarwebz and go take an English class.

  23. 23

    Re: AliciaMay – AMEN! BTW….I like your Avatar! :-)

  24. 24

    Re: shutittwat – Yeah!! A one hit too!

  25. 25

    No difference. MIA is on a power trip.

  26. 26

    Yes it makes a difference, it is called "out of context" which, as a blogger even, you should understand.

    At least one would hope.

  27. 27


  28. 28

    omg mia owned nyt, luv em both

  29. 29

    Yes, it makes a huge difference to someone who's a fucking REFUGEE. Show a little compassion, Perez.

  30. @v@ says – reply to this


    Yes, and good, because the remark is in context now. Granted, if MIA chopped it up and didn't string it together consecutively when interviewed, , I could see that happening. The retraction is the right thing to do here. (Beats MIA getting a hold of Hirschberg's home e-mail address next…)

  31. 31


  32. 32

    It makes no difference–the two separate quotations are not spliced. It's one complete statement after another. You can put the first statement after the second, or the second after the first, and the meaning of neither changes. However, the reporter should have indicated that it wasn't one long statement (no matter how irrelevant it is to the meaning of both).

  33. 33

    (Or, to clarify–the sum of the NYT's correction is: "about these two complete statements that MIA made–they were made on separate days.")

  34. 34

    Maybe MIA should run her own correction:

    "Sri Lanka is not part of Africa . . . and I am NOT from Africa, as I suggested when I told the NYT: '[Bono]'s not from Africa — I'm from there.'

    "And I am not self-absorbed or UNauthentic as the NYT piece suggests - which is why I Tweeted the NYT writer's tel. #. That Tweet was just me being 'rebellious' - like my non-fake image."

  35. 35

    If Saturday Night Live satirizes MIA now that she's drawn so much attention to the NYT piece, what will she do then? Whine about that too? Tweet producer Lorne Michael's phone # too?

    Give it up! If ur gonna be controversial, then show it, but way too late now. Having a WTF attitude about the NYT piece wldda bn great. But MIA chose to give it more mileage . . . and credibility.

  36. 36

    her makeup looks ATROCIOUS
    and makes her look mannish.

  37. 37

    i do not like this girl at all shes gross

  38. 38

    While I applaud her for her commitment…she is T.A.L.E.N.T.L.E.S.S.

  39. 39

    Perez, FFS, she's not Sri Lankan. She was born and raised in the UK. She's British, of Sri Lankan heritage. Calling her Sri Lankan is as dumb as calling Chris Rock African or calling you Cuban. There's a huge difference, being from Sri Lanka and being of Sri Lankan heritage. MIA is the latter.

  40. 40

    Who is this indian lady?

  41. bum says – reply to this


    i dont care!!! anyone who says "i"m tired of popstars who say, 'give peace a chance' i'd rather say 'give war a chance" is absolutely delusional and cold-hearted because thousands of innocent people (both tamil AND sinhalese) have died in that civil war
    I used to love M.I.A. from the beginning but she's lost all of my respect now.
    I don't care what exact order it was published in…she said what she said…thats HER fault and not the interviews

  42. 42

    shes so full of shit. i don't even get why her music is so popular i think it sounds trashy not avant-garde. and it's the same as when she pitched a fit over her kid not being named ikhid cause thats just stupid, but instead ikhyd cause thats so different. girlfriend talks out her ass.

  43. 43

    Re: AliciaMay
    ya someone needs to tell her that stereotypical non-conformity is still conformity… its like shes different, just like everyone else.

  44. 44

    Re: bum – you people know nothing of context. LIsten to facts before you make a judgement especially when the facts were misrepresented. So sad that you are as dense as maria

  45. 45

    Re: LiaLo – She couldn't sue for defamation of character. The change in syntax does not, in this case, change the meaning.
    MIA is so dumb. I wish she would STFU already… maybe sing Paper Planes once more, but that's it. Women like her totally kill it for the rest of us.
    You can't charge a magazine for defamation of character if you publish their own words and preserve the meaning of their words.
    Her character is lacking in that it is her character. You can't sue someone else for defaming what you already defamed.

  46. 46

    The "political activist" wanna-be needs to shut the hell up already . Go back to Sri Lanka!!! Besides, our government is watching you, MIA, isn't that what you say?!

  47. bum says – reply to this


    Re: shutittwat – well well i read the whole article and i still stand by what i said AND fyi i'm a sri lankan so i know i hell of a lot about the "context"…i've lived it. I believe that we have to bridge the gap between tamils and sinhalese people whilst M.I.A lives in her L.A. mansion supporting an endless war…people like her hold sri lankans back

  48. 48

    No i'm still confused but I appreciate the overall premise to correct the articles clusterfuck of wrong information.

  49. npc25 says – reply to this



  50. npc25 says – reply to this


    Re: AliciaMay
    one semi hit single? how about 2 oscar noms, and 2 platinum albums worldwide…you are clueless

  51. bum says – reply to this


    Re: LindsBugPhilly – sri lanka doesnt want or need her

  52. 52

    Re: flora_tink – LOL! I AGREE!

  53. Evie1 says – reply to this


    Re: FemaleFilmMajor – Ha, honey the integrity of New York Times was brought down a long time ago. Jason Blair anyone???