Rapper busts CAPS, defends herself
against accusations of terrorist sympathy.
By Blurt Staff
In response to recent criticism and accusations of terrorist sympathies,
rapper M.I.A. has come out fighting. On her MySpace blog, she hits the CAPS
lock and starts blasting, giving direct, no-nonsense answers to questions about
why she left Sri Lanka and putting those who insist on perpetuating the rumors—and,
ostensibly, even ask about them—on notice:
“FUCK YOU TO ALL THESE EVIL PEOPLE TWISTING THE TRUTH. YOU DONT SPEAK FOR
ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN SPEAK FOR MY SELF.”
The criticism stems from M.I.A.’s father’s membership in the Black Tiger
wing of the Sri Lankan separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
Her father, Arular Arulpragasam, told the Asian
Tribune that his daughter does not support the group, saying, “She is not
alone in this. She has an army of people behind her and she will deal with this
matter in a manner she deems fit. This issue has been taken up and dealt with
two years ago and the matter referred to are outdated.”
The Asian Tribune article goes on
to say that, in a letter to her father, M.I.A. says, “It’s good to have the
facts on file” and that she believes the accusations come from another Sri
Lankan rapper, DeLon, who “wants to promote himself and sell t-shirts on the
back of my song.” DeLon made his statements against M.I.A. in a recent diss
M.I.A. closes her post—which you can read below—by saying, “EVERYTHING IN ME
WAS KILLED BUT MY ART IS NOT DEAD!”
It is, after all, about the music. And the clothing line.
MY DAUGHTER THE TERRORIST
I CAME ACROSS THIS MOVIE TODAY ,
I HAVE JUST ORERED IT SO I HAVENT SEEN IT YET , BUT WITH SO MANY ONE SIDED
VIEWS IN THIS WORLD IT IS ONLY FAIR WE STAY EDUCATED AND EXPOSE OURSELVES TO
ALL OPINIONS. I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE BECAUSE
1. NO ONE HAS EVER ACCESSED THE AREAS THIS FILM WAS MADE IN, AND I ACTUALLY
DONT KNOW HOW THESE PEOPLE LIVE.
2. ANY EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE ACCESSED THIS AREA , WHO INVESTIGATED THE
TRUTH, HAVE BEEN SHOT DEAD BY THE GOVERNMENT, IN A BID TO KEEP THE PROPAGANDA
MACHINE ONE SIDED .
3. I FOUND THIS STORY
READING THE COMMENTS MADE ME WANT TO SPEAK OUT. BUT I WAS DENIED ACESS TO MAKE
COMMENTS, ONLY THE WELL CONNECTED INSIDERS ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT AND THIS IS
THE CASE WITH SO MANY OF THESE BLOGS TALKING SHIT ABOUT ME. NO ONE IS ALLOWED
TO TELL THE TRUTH, AND SET THE FACTS STRAIGHT. SO HERE IS THE COMMENT I WANTED
THE TRUTH TO WHY I LEFT TO SRILANKA WAS …
A. I COULD , I WAS BORN IN LONDON.
B. EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE MY MOTHER TOOK US TO WOULD GET BURNED DOWN BY THE
ARMY. IN THE END EVEN THE TAMILS WOULDN’T LET US STAY THERE AND AFTER MY SCHOOL
WAS SET ON FIRE BY THE ARMY, I HAD NOTHING TO DO THERE, AND WAS REALLY FUCKING
C. FUCK YOU TO ALL THESE EVIL PEOPLE TWISTING THE TRUTH. YOU DONT SPEAK FOR
ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN SPEAK FOR MY SELF.
D.WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A TAMIL OR A LTTE
SUPPORTER TO KNOW THAT BURNING DOWN A SCHOOL WITH 800 KIDS IN THE NAME OF
FIGHTING TERRORISM IS NOT COOL. I AM NOT A LTTE SUPPORTER. I WAS JUST AN 8 YEAR
OLD THAT DIDNT GET KILLED ON THAT DAY, THATS ALL. I’M A MUSICIAN WHO DOESNT
WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN, ESPECIALLY IN THE MUSIC PRESS.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HEARING THIS
EVERYTHING IN ME WAS KILLED BUT MY ART IS NOT DEAD!
i love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx m.i.a