M.I.A. Tries to Set the Times Story Straight
As promised via Twitter, M.I.A. has posted clips of her interview with The New York Times Magazine‘s Lynn Hirschberg. If you’ll remember, the artist didn’t take too kindly to Hirschberg’s depiction of her in a profile published last week.
But instead of the long transcripts vindicating the artist we expected to see, we got two short audio clips, the first of which only proves that Hirschberg really wanted some truffle-flavored french fries.
The second clip, concerning M.I.A.’s statements about the Sri Lankan civil war, does seem to suggest that Hirschberg misquoted her subject, and that she disregarded her comment that speaking up for the multitudes of people dying there at the time “wasn’t about accolades or fame,” but about trying to help the situation. Instead, in her article, Hirschberg suggests that the artist needs this kind of conflict to make her career work.
M.I.A. also recorded a new song, entitled Haters, inspired by the incident. You can listen to the song and both audio clips here.
Whether or not anything will happen to Hirschberg’s cushy new editor-at-large job at W Magazine is uncertain, but we hope she’ll be a little more careful in future celebrity profiles.