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??
M.I.A. is still seriously PISSED OFF about an interview she did with New York Times Magazine reporter Lynn Hirschberg, in which she feels falsely represented, so she not only took to her website to post an audio recording of the two together to clear up what was actually said, but also wrote, mixed and performed a BRAND NEW TRACK about the entire situation!
Wow! She pulled that one together pretty quickly, don't you think??
Apparently, M.I.A. ACTUALLY was recorded saying:
"It wasn't just about me, and me getting to the Oscars or me going to the Grammy's. That doesn't mean anything, the whole point of that journey was so you can go, hey, 50,000 people are going to die next month. Here's your opportunity to help and no one did, and they still died! It wasn't about accolades or fame."
"Oh yeah, I understand."
She also released a brand-new track in direct response Hirschberg, called I'm A Singer Haters!
Too bad it SUCKS! Doesn't really help your plight now, does it, bb??
So what does exec producer Selena Gomez think of all this controversy? It's pretty much what she was going for. She told the AP:
"We stayed very true to the book and that's initially what Jay Asher created, was a beautifully tragic, complicated yet suspenseful story, and I think that's what we wanted to do. We wanted to do it justice and, yeah, that's going to come no matter what. It's not an easy subject to talk about, but I'm very fortunate with how it's doing. I'm overwhelmed. I'm very proud of it."
Whatever your reaction to the show, it is getting a lot more people to talk about the problem of teen suicide.