Forget Katy Perry's Teenage Dream and Justin Bieber's Never Say Never, M.I.A.'s story must be told, so someone better get on this chop-chop. We thank you in advance.
A teaser for the M.I.A. documentary features a slew of footage of the star, beginning with M.I.A.'s (born Mathangi Arulpragasam) origins as the daughter of a militant Tamil separatist group leader and taking us through her rise to rap superstardom. The trailer even delves into her racy fights with Diplo, Sri Lankan politicians, and also the FCC. Fiesty, eh? Oh and to top it off, interviews with Kanye West, Jimmy Iovine, and Spike Jonze are thrown into the mix. Once again: this movie. must. be. made. NOW.
The trailer teaser for M.I.A.'s documentary (below) was leaked by the film's director Steve Loveridge, who posted it to his tumblr in reaction to the insane delay in the film's production and distribution. Loveridge uploaded the teaser praying that this would be a "wake up" call to Roc Nation, M.I.A.'s label.
A rep from Roc Nation reached out to Loveridge, condemning him for posting the teaser. But frankly, Loveridge didn't really give a s**t. Although Roc Nation addressed issues with "legal stuff and funding," in an email to Loveridge (which he also made public on his tumblr) the director wasn't having it — he says he is now bowing out of the project entirely. "Count me out. Would rather die than work on this…" says Loveridge.
Not only is Loveridge peacing due to lack of support from the label, it appears that M.I.A.'s flying solo as well. The rap star tweeted that she would use Kickstarter and support from her fans to revive the production of her documentary.
While we impatiently await the arrival – if it ever arrives, that is – of this documentary, we shall blast M.I.A.'s latest politically-heavy tune "Only 1 U" for all to hear. Roc Nation, listen up and put some money down — frankly, we know you can spare some cash for this masterpiece.
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Although Madonna was supposed to be the center of attention during last night's Super Bowl halftime show, the Queen of Pop was mildly upstaged by M.I.A.'s rather obscene finger malfunction. The rapper (real name: Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) went rogue during the "Give Me All Your Luvin'" portion of the performance by flipping off the camera mid-way through the song. This, of course, has caused quite a bit of controversy given that actions like that are usually frowned upon on such a "family friendly" network.
As expected, both the NFL and NBC immediately apologized for the faux pas. A spokesperson for the NFL, Brian McCarthy, released a statement to the Associated Press, saying, "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans." McCarthy went on to say that the NFL was blindsided by the gesture and that M.I.A. had not indicated during rehearsals that she would be doing anything like that during the actual performance. Additionally, NBC spokesman, Christopher McCloskey, also released a statement concerning the matter, explaining, "Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers." As of this morning, neither organization has been fined.
To be honest, I watched the halftime show and didn't even see that it happened, so hopefully this won't get blown too much out of proportion and overshadow what really was an impressive halftime show. Yes, M.I.A. was wrong doing what she did, but the gesture was barely noticeable. If no one was reporting on it, would you even be aware that it had happened? I know I wouldn't, so it's not as awful as it could have been (although I personally fail to see the reasoning behind the middle finger to begin with). Either way, let's just hope M.I.A learns her lesson from this and keeps her inappropriate sign language to a minimum the next time she performs in such a public venue. Think of the kids!
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