M.I.A just got booted off headlining AFROPUNK first ever London concert over a controversial statement she made on #BlackLivesMatter.
AFROPUNK released a statement saying that “after discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline AFROPUNK London.”
During an interview in April, the Sri Lankan-British rapper told the Evening Standard, “It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter.”
It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s.
Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.”
And you cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”
Her comments were met with harsh criticism as Twitter users bashed her views as “misguided” while another informed MIA she really had no clue on what the movement was all about.
“America didn’t “allow” black folks to talk about anything.” The user said, “Aug 9, local news barely even cared about Mike Brown her America never ‘allowed.'”
AFROPUNK’s statement described one of its aims as being able to educate, “one another, breaking down boundaries and sparking conversation about race, gender, religion, sex, culture and everything that makes life worth living.”
It would announce its new headline act and second list of performers on July 19.