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M.I.A. Messed Up Big When Talking About Black Lives Matter

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True, M.I.A. has expressed some fiery political opinions in the past, but she was usually able to back them up with some genuinely thoughtful takes on corruption in government. But her most recent words on the Black Lives Matter movement was, at best, inarticulate and, at worst, just dumb. Her critique of Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance is going to be hard to recover from.

“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. 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 programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”

OK. The biggest problem here is that M.I.A. failed to realize that, in reality, people can’t talk about Black Lives Matter. At least, not without taking their wellbeing into their own hands, as M.I.A.’s Twitter followers helpfully reminded her:

What M.I.A. wants to say here is not wrong. The US recent history of standing up for Muslim lives—both at home and abroad—is pretty terrible, but her analogy to Black Lives Matter is just clumsy. This gets much bigger and goes much deeper than the fact that all lives matter. Our country has a history of blatant racism and there is still a long way to go. In light of that, her words come across as simply naive.

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