So hot, so wrong
I like MIA’s music, the new single XXXO is pretty good. Her politics are I think worse than wrong headed, they’re spray paint ignorant. There’s very interesting article on her in the New York Times magazine. Her musical progression has been interesting, as is the history, but the best part is the sheer absurdity of some of the quotes, the juxtaposition between here black-and-white, jingoistic politics and the reality of her life. My favorite is the one about the bread rolls.
“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…
“The biggest Sinhalese community is in Santa Monica, people who are sworn enemies of the Tamils, which is me.” She paused. “I live around the corner from Beverly Hills, and I feel semiprotected by Ben and, if anything happens to me, then Ben’s family will not take it. Jimmy Iovine, who runs Interscope, my record company, said, ‘Pick your battles carefully — don’t put your life at risk,’ but at the end of the day, I don’t see how you can shut up and just enjoy success when other people who don’t have the fame or the luxury to rent security guards are suffering. What the hell do they do? They just die.”
Maya’s tirade, typical in the way it moved from the political to the personal and back again, was interrupted by a waiter, who offered her a variety of rolls. She chose the olive bread.
I’ve just started reading it, please read more and tell me if you find anything else of interest.