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June 02, 2010

Heh: NYT Writer Smoothly Slides Dagger Between Ribs of Wannabe Terrorist Poseur Jagoff Pop Tart

Here are the best parts, which skewer musician singer composer recorder M.I.A. for posturing as a hard-ass super-fashionable terrorist, down with the people's rebellions while snacking on truffle-oil french fries.

Or about yammering about how she's going to give a natural birth in a body of water in solidarity with her Third World sisters. Actual birthplace of child: Cedar Sinai Hospital, Beverly Hills, CA.

Here's the full article.

Now, who is this person, you wonder? Well, you probably know a song of hers -- "Paper Planes," used in the promotional campaign of the movie Pineapple Express (its use there made it a hit), and then also to promote Slumdog Millionaire, and then, naturally, to promote Michael Moore's latest elephant turd Capitalism: A Love Story.

It is catchy. But, as in one of the few episodes of Frasier I've seen--

FRASIER: Well, if I remember right, that symphony I composed in middle school was a genuine hit. The audience left the theater humming it.

NILES: That's because they entered the theater humming it. It was a note-for-note plagiarism of Beethoven's Ninth.

The two really notable bits in that song are the echoing guitar hook, stolen from The Clash's Straight to Hell, and the chorus, which is stolen, oddly enough, from Wrex N Effect's Rump Shaker ("All I wanna do is zoom-zoom-zoom in the boom-boom!").

At any rate, between doing pastiches of other people's music and telling people how awesome and unconventional she is, she also tells everyone how awesome the terrorist group the Tamil Tigers are, and jokes about how her stupid critics say she's a "terrorist" (just because she's constantly calling herself a terrorist, as if it's an honor).

Basically, M.I.A.'s rule seems to be that if you're talking about her being a terrorist as if it's a chic, fashionable, daring, awesome thing -- i.e., as a good thing -- then she is a terrorist, precisely as she herself often claims.

But if you're saying it's a bad thing to be a wannabe terrorist jocksniffer, then she's not, and you are just being an unfashionable dolt who doesn't understand her sly humor.

Another rapper -- also a Sri Lankan -- takes a decidedly less "Gee aren't they cool and awesome" view of the Tamil Tigers, or terrorists generally, and released this mocking video of MIA. Content Warning for language and disturbing pictures of what terrorism really is. Hint, M.I.A. -- it's not primarily about fashion.

I like his version better.

I Really Dig... this guy "DeLon." At the end of his attack video, he replays her final sing-song chorus, "Some some some I murder, some I let go...", and over her chorus, he says:

"Is that what is is?

Some you murder?

I got it now.

Let me hear that again.

I guess it's not as subliminal as I thought it was. Pretty fuckin' obvious. Shit."

Via PetiteDov.

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