According to the singer, her record company are having no more of it, apparently pulling her new music video for “cultural appropriation.”
The 'Paper-Planes' singer took to Twitter to vent her frustration, Tweeting “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation. I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa.
“What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”
I wanna talk about clutrural appropriation! I've been told I can't put out a video because it's shot in Africa. Discuss— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
M.I.A., real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, who is of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, went on to give limited details of what the video actually entailed but did say it would feature one long shot of an Ivory Coast dancer who took "2 years to track down".
She then offered the video to any “African artist to come through this year”.
The video is 1 take shot of a dancer ! The best in the wide world! And he wasn't ever gonna make "_____got talent"— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
If the music industry allows an African artist to come through this year on intnl level, I would gladly give him this video for free.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
The video was shot in http://t.co/Zb1lRad8yq . Took me 2 years to locate him— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) May 18, 2015
While unclear who is to blame for the music video’s non-release, it comes after an increasing number of popstars have had their videos criticised for similar reasons.
In 2013, Lily Allen was forced to defend her video for “Hard Out Here” after critics described her use of twerking black backing dancers as racist. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” also came under fire for “perpetuating black stereotypes” by Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt.
In 2014, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video was the subject of extreme criticism for featuring a man wearing an “Allah” pendant. The object was later edited out after a petition for it to be removed reached 65,000 signatures.Reuse content