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M.I.A. Rage-Tweets NYT Reporter's Number

In Celebs by Meieli Sawyer Detoni , on Friday, May 28, 2010, 5:22 AM (PDT)
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What is going on?

M.I.A. is an outspoken artist, to say the least, and she recently talked to Lynn Hirschberg, a journalist for the New York Times. Hirschberg transcribed the painful piece and added some wry commentary (does M.I.A. finally know what she impression she's giving?),and now M.I.A. is fighting back because--wah!--she doesn't like it.

CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE NYT TRUTH ISSUE, ill be taking calls all days b*tches, M.I.A. wrote, adding Hirschberg's phone number to her Twitter stream.

What got M.I.A. so worked up? Her interview with NYT was painful, mostly because she sounded like a prat when Hirschberg noted all the inconsistency in the interview. Highlights included:

On M.I.A. and Unity

"Unity holds no allure for Maya - she thrives on conflict, real or imagined. 'I kind of want to be an outsider,' she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry. 'I don't want to make the same music, sing about the same stuff, talk about the same things. If that makes me a terrorist, then I'm a terrorist.'"

M.I.A.'s New Home

"[M.I.A.'s baby] Ikhyd was not, as she had repeatedly announced he would be, born at home in a pool of water ... 'You gotta embrace the pain, embrace the struggle,' she proclaimed weeks before Ikhyd was born. 'And my giving birth is nothing when I think about all the people in Sri Lanka that have to give birth in a concentration camp.' As it happened, Maya, who is 34, gave birth in a private room in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles ... Maya and [fiance Ben] Bronfman moved to Los Angeles from New York, buying a house in very white, very wealthy Brentwood, an isolated and bucolic section of the city with a minimal history of trauma and violent uprisings."

On M.I.A.'s Delivery

"'If I was a terrorist, I wouldn't be wearing American clothing.' She paused. This may have been a joke, but Maya rarely laughs. She speaks carefully, slowly, with a kind of deadpan delivery. Like a trained politician, she stays on message. It's hard to know if she believes everything she says or if she knows that a loud noise will always attract a crowd."

I have gone from loving M.I.A.'s music to realizing that she might be the biggest sell-out of them all. Instead of volunteering, contributing to the cause, or donating some of her billionaire partner's cash to a worthy group, she's eating truffle-flavored fries and Tweeting journalist's numbers.

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