While many spent the Memorial Day weekend resting, relaxing and reading. M.I.A spent the weekend on revenge. The pop star has been extremely upset by the New York Time Magazine profile penned by Lynn Hirschberg. So mad that last week she tweeted the writers cell phone number. A move that Hirschberg has called “infuriating and not surprising” as well as “fairly unethical.” And over the weekend M.I.A. recorded a song called “I’m a Singer” that not only takes on journalists as well as “haters” and “racists.”
What made her so mad? Such juxtapositions as M.I.A. saying, “I kind of want to be an outsider” while “eating a truffle-flavored French fry.” And the article even takes issue with the birth of M.I.A.’s son Ikhyd. Weeks before his birth she had said she planned on a home birth, in a pool. She politicized birthing saying, “You gotta embrace the pain, embrace the struggle. 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.” But she ended up having her baby in a private room at the esteemed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles saying that “Ben’s family insisted.” Ben is Ben Bronfman, her fiancée, who just happens to be the son of a Warner Music Group chief executive and heir to the Seagram’s fortune. And although M.I.A. prefers to align herself with outlaws, rebels and perhaps even terrorists, she does so while living in a large home in the bucolic and beautiful Brentwood area of Los Angeles.
And she isn’t the only mom out there that hates Lynn Hirshberg. Courtney Love tweeted that “@_M_I_A im with you if i ever see her? its over. its the nly grudge i hold she killed my husband and she knows it. i hate loathe hate her.” And she means its. After Hirshberg wrote in Vanity Fair that Love had gone on a heroin binge pregnant, the singer not only left angry messages on her home phone, she released a song called “Bring Me the Head of Lynn Hirschberg,” but also reportedly tried to “bludgeon Hirschberg with Quentin Tarantino’s Academy Award at a 1995 Oscar party.” Yeah, M.I.A. ain’t got nothing on Love!
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