Posted in music | video on August 7, 2008

MIA

Warning: the below video is very graphic....


ACTUALLY: YouTube takes the video down the second I upload it, so you'll have to download it

Sri Lankan/American hip-hop artist, DeLon, questions Interscope recording artist, M.I.A., for using images representative of the terrorist group, The Liberation Tiger Tamils of Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE has long been recognized by the FBI as one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world, and has been credited with the perfection of the use of suicide bombers, invention of the suicide belt, mass recruitment of child soldiers, and pioneering the use of women in suicide attacks. The LTTE is only terrorist organization to have assassinated two world leaders.

DeLon at the BET Awards 2008On July 29, 2008, DeLon posted his remixed version of M.I.A's song, "Paper Planes" on YouTube. The educational video contained graphic evidence of M.I.A's imagery and usage of the symbols of the LTTE. Within 12 hours of release, the video drew over 10,000 user views and comments. Hours later, Interscope under the Universal Music Group (UMG) umbrella, had the video removed from YouTube for "endangerment" of M.I.A.'s reputation as a "Freedom Fighter." Subsequently, DeLon is filing a lawsuit against UMG for infringement of his 1st Amendment rights. On July 31, 2008, the video was made available for download at: http://public.me.com/ceylonrecords and generated over 6,000 downloads in just 2 hours.

As the most recognizable Sri Lankan hip-hop artist after winning the "Best Rap Performance" Award from Derana Music Television (equivalent to MTV in the U.S.) and an emerging international star, DeLon, uses his visibility and music to draw light to the LTTE's ongoing and inhumane terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. As one of the few entertainers willing to stand up to the LTTE, DeLon has drawn mass popularity and unprecedented support from Sri Lankans and Sri Lankan expatriates throughout Sri Lanka, Australia, Germany, the UK, Canada, France, and the United States.

DeLon is the first Sri Lankan/American to ever land on the U.S. Billboard Charts, a feat he accomplished twice for his singles: "Calor De La Salsa" and "Nasty Girl." As exemplified with his "The Unity Through Education Tour," where he spoke to students in over 65 High Schools and Colleges in the Greater LA area, DeLon stands for unity, positivity and human causes that plague our society.

PREVIOUSLY: MC Steinberg does his own version of "Paper Planes"

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Comments (77)

thank god someone is standing up to this type of nonsense. rage against the machine is worse then mia even.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:22 AM

Does anyone take MIA's "politics" seriously? I mean, it's just terrorist chic, innit? I'm not being a hater here, and I like her music, but it seems like her "revolutionary stance" is but one tool in the sales toolkit for her.

Posted by Regular reader | August 7, 2008 9:27 AM

the only terror is her awful music

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:40 AM

damn dogg, Delon be dissin on MIA and shit. she be frontin all up in her face and shit. dammmmmnn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 9:41 AM

...I hope she goes away now...

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:00 AM

finally someone does this. her whole like "my dad is a terrorist so i'm reall edgy" schtick is ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:05 AM

If this is true, it needs to be exposed. It needs to be made public so that listeners and parents of younger listeners are made aware of the hatred represented by these lyrics and symbols.

Shame on Interscope Records and Universal Music Group for promoting these artists that sing about murder and symbolize violence and weapons and hatred.

The idea that she's wearing a t-shirt with a grenade on it and the words "complaint department" make light of the fact that grenades kill.

This is during a time when we have our own young men and women coming home in body bags right now, today... due to these same weapons and worse.

This is during a time when teens are getting killed on our own streets every day by handguns and thugs.

This is during a time when thousands are being killed over land, religion, politics.

M.I.A. and Interscope are blatently insensitive. Enough with promoting the thugery and the killing as if it is hip or cool. Shame on you.

Haven't got the nerve to actually promote peace and degrade the weapons and thugs, have you?

I guess it isn't good for business.

Posted by georgewinters | August 7, 2008 10:07 AM

Alright let's not get crazy here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:14 AM

First commenter is on point: Rage's lyrics are ridiculous.

Posted by Mark B. | August 7, 2008 10:14 AM

i don't buy it. he's using generalizations and strong imagery to bring his own name into the spotlight. the only correlation he seems to make between her and LTTE is her use of tigers in her imagery. tiger imagery = terrorist. right.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:15 AM

"terrorist chic"

Think I'll throw up now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:16 AM

Whether her politics are left, right or center, the fact that she has convictions (real or for show) is a bad marketing strategy. Apathy is IN. Maybe 10 years ago an artist could hope to capitalize on some sort of ideology, but nowadays the public DEMAND vapid fluff from their pop culture. If she wants to play the violence angle, that is definitely marketable, but it must be random sexually stylized violence-- none of this intellectually taxing stuff. I suggest MIA have a cupcake and think about what she has done.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:16 AM

MIA is really embarrassing. either be a baller or be an activist, either is fine by me. but trying to do both -and doing both poorly- just makes her look like a jackass.

her music is decent, but i don't think i would ever want to have a conversation with her. it just seems like it would be like talking to a four year old on drugs...

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:19 AM

When PLO scarves are all over the "hipster" wardrobe these days, this is just same ol' same ol' terror shite that plenty of artists utilize.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:24 AM

exactly. "terrorist chic" is a highly embraced trend by all the ridiculous hipsters at the moment. MIA is a huge hipster. what doesn't make sense?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:29 AM

maybe if any of us had actually lived in a country like sri lanka we would have a right to say that MIA's choices are the unethical ones. williamsburg and/or park slope are just part of the comfort zones of the world. fact of the matter is, none of us have experienced what she has, with the exception, and a big maybe here, of delon and of course all of the people living there presently. its easy for brooklynites, trapped in this perpetual world of selective poverty and art-lifestyle, to pass judgement on places of the world that we have no real connection to outside of the media (which is as much of a valid perception as the person creating said media's outlook that is being imposed upon us) and the artists that come from those regions of the world (a perspective i'm much more partial to trying to understand).

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:34 AM

MIA needs to be waterboarded. Except instead of water, I'll be ready to oblige after a few more of these beers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:37 AM

fuck you brooklynvegan commenters, i won't do what you tell me!

Posted by mia (well not really but it's funnier this way) | August 7, 2008 10:40 AM

10:37, have many beers have you had by 10:37 in the morning? and can we hang out?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 10:55 AM

"10:37, have many beers have you had by 10:37 in the morning? and can we hang out?"

Just one...but if you count starting from last nights Bloc Party show, more like 8. And hang out? Good lord! I'm at work!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:00 AM

this sounds spot on. anyone else who agrees lets terrorist fist bump

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:04 AM

i think she's purrrrrrty.

Posted by eric | August 7, 2008 11:04 AM

Rachel Ray is the real purveyor of terrorist chic. Why haven't we put a stop to her yet?

Most of you people don't even know where Sri Lanka is, so come down off your high horse.

Posted by noyokono | August 7, 2008 11:10 AM

noyokno-

how did you know i had no idea where sri lanka was? have been reading my diary?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:14 AM

Did anyone else hear that MIA was dating Bruce Ivins?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:16 AM

sri lanka is next to the starbucks on waverly jerk.

Posted by eric | August 7, 2008 11:19 AM

"sri lanka is next to the starbucks on waverly"

Around the corner from Waverly, on Bleecker.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:24 AM

my bad .. where would i be without you?

lost. that's where.

Posted by eric | August 7, 2008 11:29 AM

"PLO scarves"?? check your facts please

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:35 AM

WHERE IS OBAMA AT? HURRY UP

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:35 AM

sri lanka used to be called ceylon. or maybe it's the other way around.

and burma used to be called myanmar, i think.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:36 AM

Rage may have ridiculous lyrics, but Che, their singer, makes great t-shirts.

Posted by 16 year old Hot Topic clerk | August 7, 2008 11:36 AM

"PLO scarves"?? check your facts please"

"PLO Scarf" aka the keffiyeh, a traditional headdress worn by members of the PLO.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:38 AM

"WHERE IS OBAMA AT? HURRY UP"

droppin' something like 10pts in the polls in the last month.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:43 AM

as everyone knows, most political issues are completely dualistic and devoid of any sort of grey area.

Posted by Isfet | August 7, 2008 11:51 AM

There is an Obama backlash kicking in big time.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 11:52 AM

marketing flyer:

MIA has quit music and is currently hard at work on her new line of terrorist-chic suicide belts, sure to light up runways around the world this coming fall. fashion insiders and terror analysts agree, MIA has what it takes to blow away the field.

Posted by Tony the Tiger | August 7, 2008 11:55 AM

"pull up the people, pull up the poor" that's all she's saying, she's never advocated for terrorism, get real

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 12:18 PM

You can disagree all you want from her "message" (which any casual listener will tell you is basically just, "Hey, there's people in other countries and they're poor and hungry and maybe you should think about that for a few seconds while you dance to this song") but the fact that she has any "message" at all is a GOOD thing. Even if it's something to vehemently disagree with, just the fact that's providing something, ANYTHING, to push back on is good.

Posted by zik | August 7, 2008 12:43 PM

This is an interesting topic that is no doubt too complicated for a Brooklynvegan messageboard. I think there can be little doubt that M.I.A.s commercialization of terrorism is crass and disturbing particulary as she herself doesn't seem to be doing much fighting in the trenches, but at the same time, she has been successful as an artist in sparking a discussion that would not have been had otherwise in terms of whether stylizing the Tamil Tigers and others is ethical etc. I am not even sure there is an answer to that question and context is everything anyway. For example, nobody would complain if a French group co-opted the identiy of resistance (Maquis) fighters from WWII and talked about blowing up Nazi trains. Not to mention we have our own groups in America that could be considered as coopting terrorists -- plenty of rappers glofify street gangs and gang banging and most of them aren't actually gang bangers so why is that OK but MIA is not? I guess my reaction to MIA is that the music is pretty good but at the same time the whole thing is kind of ridiculous. Am I wrong?

Posted by Sharkdog | August 7, 2008 12:50 PM

12:50 - You're not only wrong, you're a moral relativist. And a topic is too complicated for BV message boards? I think just for you, actually.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 12:56 PM

Yes. The topic is too complicated for a BV Message Board. Don't you agree that message boards are a bit restricted and not just terms of space? And what exactly is a moral relativist? Can you please enlighten me? Do you disagree that what some call terrorists others call freedom fighters? Do you think that all armed struggles are wrong? Which is not to in anyway give any credit to MIA who I believe is a phoney baloney and a talented one at that.

Posted by Sharkdog | August 7, 2008 1:11 PM

12:50 -

you are ridiculous.

MIA makes pop songs. that is all. this topic is not too complicated for brooklynvegan. you are simply injecting some erudite philosophy where there is none.


Posted by eric | August 7, 2008 1:13 PM

Read a book, mutha f, read a book.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:19 PM

a freedom fighter is someone who posts messages on BV arguing about a pop star.

Posted by eric | August 7, 2008 1:27 PM

MIA was an artist before she was a musician. Her first visual art showing included the spray painted tigers and such (that is mentioned in the article above). As an artist, I think she has a right to use her OWN experiences and as a musician, she should be able to use her own art.

People are mixing messages and putting words in her mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:37 PM

Sharkie - I'm too hung over to enlighten anybody today :(

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:37 PM

why don't we just make another MIA and scrap this one.
Let's just get a Clash saple. dress in neon spandex and half ass rap some , "Ali, Ala, Ookie, paa, dala , dookie!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:46 PM

BEER ME!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:50 PM

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Posted by Regular reader | August 7, 2008 1:56 PM

This is a malicious hate propaganda by racist Sri Lanka Sinhalease against Tamils.

Where ever Tamils form the war torn country excels, The Sinhalease get jealous and shamelessly by lies and deception, propagate harmful character assignation by cunningly use the Terrorist Bandwagon of 911 to get license to Kill Tamils. This is something common by racist sinhalease and every Tamil national experience it.

Her father was a founding member of Eros a rebel group which has close link with LTTE which fight for the Tamil people's equal rights in Sri Lanka. The majority authoritarian and racist Sinhala government has been politically and militarily oppressing the Tamils in Sri Lanka. LTTE born out of that oppression. Sinhala state oppression has been done in many form against minority Tamils in Sri Lanka such as deprive higher education, Chase the Tamils out of their livelihood and colonize the area with Sinhala criminals, threaten their safety, Ethnic riots against Tamils where just because of Tamil, your are ruthlessly killed, Forcing Tamils to learn Sinhala language, No development in Tamils areas, Burning Tamil historical library, Bombing Tamil worshipping places Temples and Churches- over 200 Churches have been destroyed by Sinhala bombing. Basically Sinhala government wants to ethnic cleanse Tamils from the Island and make the Sri Lanka only for Sinhala Buddhist country. Tamils fought non violently for 30 years, nothing brought any solution, then the Tamil youth started to rebel against these atrocities against Tamils and that was the birth of LTTE.

Delon cleverly hide all the true situation and conveniently mislead the watcher. He says just found about it now, what a bull, Now only She is world famous, every walk of life real people like her and Delon very jealous about her success and decided to throw mud against her.

He says google it and find out, yes pls do and look little deeper and see the story from both side, Sinhala and Tamils side and you be the judge.

Also He says Sri Lanka wants peace, but not true, Sinhala government in 2007 withdrew from peace agreement known as CFA mediated by Norway
with the support of US and India and waging racist war against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Whatever said about LTTE, She has nothing to do with it, She was born in UK, been to Sri Lanka as a kid and experienced many hardships and she expresses all what she experienced as an artist.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 2:07 PM

The little girl crying on the first picture is a daughter of a UNP MP Maheswaren who was Killed by Sri Lankan government last year.

It was the state terrorism picture and deceptive Delon uses for his propaganda.

Very misleading......

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 2:12 PM

"MIA makes pop songs. that is all. this topic is not too complicated for brooklynvegan. you are simply injecting some erudite philosophy where there is none."

Aren't all pop songs political or is that too philosophical?

Posted by Sharkdog | August 7, 2008 2:25 PM

M.I.A... If you do not represent the LTTE, then, come out and say clearly, "I DO NOT REPRESENT THE LTTE"! Is that really so difficult?? As a true Sri Lankan, you know exactly what the Tiger represents and as DeLon says, "..it represents the death of the innocence"! And "Sunshowers" - the Sudus might not understand, but, we all know it to be dropping bombs on Colombo! If you really represent the SL, then, stop displaying Tigers and LTTE imagery! And represent the SL with pride like DeLon does! And.. when has "terrorist chic" become cool! Fucking ignorant sudus!

Posted by Sudu | August 7, 2008 3:35 PM

The terrorist bandwagon of 9/11? They were put on terror watch lists in the 90's.They commited atrocities towards civilian targets in the 80's and 90's killing hundreds. Their first suicide bombings started in the early 80's. They're guilty of leading campaigns of genocide, and employing children as combatants.

So when MIA flashes symbols of militancy during her shows THAT is the context. Amazing what some hand claps and purple spandex can gloss over.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2008 3:39 PM

i would just like to say that the recent two pro-tamil posts are spam. they were also posted at www.sepiamutiny.com and one was removed. check that blog if you want to hear the brownies duke it out.

Posted by anonymity | August 7, 2008 5:18 PM

"I don't support terrorism and never have. As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion." - MIA

full article: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/142861-mia-responds-to-pro-terrorism-accusations

"I've heard lots of people say that I'm part of a terrorist group and I'm singing about that, and singing songs for them, but that's wack, I'd never do that." - MIA

full article:
http://www.ballerstatus.com/article/news/2008/08/5221/

Posted by The Truth | August 7, 2008 9:28 PM

Lankans have been asking for help regarding the terrrorist activities of the ltte
long long long way before 9/11 happened

the people realized that there were no fair negotiations on part of the ltte, if you disagree with them, they bomb you, they only want what they want at any cost, regardless of lives of children, women, civilians or anyone else for that matter. if there were peace agreements they broke them. they trained suicide bombers and killed rajive gandhi (leader of india in the 90s) people had to petition, do peaceful marches to get them on the list as a harmful terrorist group
and no one was helping depressed, downtrodden, idiotic, "we smile whatever happens" lankans to stop the dangerous group before it expanded into a destructive monster because if you visit there u will see what i mean. all they do is sit around, with no jobs, talking about how depressing their lives are.

Canada only recently recognized ltte as a terrorist group.

learn more

Posted by Sara E | August 8, 2008 12:25 AM

do i know you from texas?

fuck you anyway.

first of all, if youre not sri lankan dont talk about sitting on your ass and complaining american girl. honestly, how hard is your life?

secondly, yes. fuck the ltte. fuck em. but as all rude boys know, aint no rude boy born of freedom. rude boy come from somewhere. the ltte suck as whole. tamils hate them. sinhalese hate them.

ITS CALLED AN IMPASSE.

the sri lankan gment is stupid. so is the ltte. honestly, where do we go from here?

i think this is what most educated young sri lankans think.

shit, its terrible.

anyone with a mind gets assassinated.


Posted by sare e? | August 8, 2008 4:12 AM

While we're at it can we talk about that ever changing "3rd world" affected accent MIA uses? It's offensive. She speaks with an English accent in her regular speaking voice, so why is it okay for her to sing in broken english during some songs?

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2008 5:23 AM

Universal employee overheard in club last night talking about mad VIRAL MARKETING push by Univ. to get ton of fake blog/forum comments posted fast to counter tidal wave of public interest in the M.I.A./DeLon rap issue (her alledged terror support.)

So this is how UMG does it? Paying people to post fake comments on the web? The employ (who definitely drank too much) said they have database of fake aliases and each day staff take turns posting fake comments on blogs.

Posted by Nguoc | August 10, 2008 11:23 AM

That's been the case for a long time. There are bands with entire "virtual fan bases", and rooms at big labels where interns just sit logged into message board forums posting away pretending to be jugaloes or something. If MIA hits FOX News she's cooked.

Earth to UMG/Interscope.... come up with a better defense then "hey it's just dance music".

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 3:19 AM


Top reasons why mia supports terrisum look at the screen shots in her video


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Posted by sl guy | August 16, 2008 10:02 PM

The little girl crying on the first picture is a daughter of a UNP MP Maheswaren who was Killed by Sri Lankan government last year.

It was the state terrorism picture and deceptive Delon uses for his propaganda.

Very misleading.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:18 PM

most of the dead people in delone so called propaganda video is of tamils killed by the singalese army, the suicide bombings dont happen every fucking day like he makes out, but genocide killings by the army does, but he doesnt care about those people for some reason they dont count for him

oh and tamil look very different to the singalese people so u know and if every dead person in the video could talk we will know the truth till then he world will keep fighting terror and killing innocent people, like the million dead in iraq!

At this point racist delone and his team of bloggers will make up anything to sell himself, sad.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 12:31 PM

NELSON MANDELA WAS REMOVED FROM THE TERRORIST WACH LIST ONLY LAST MONTH IN THE U.S!

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/07/01/mandela.watch/index.html

E.R.O.S has been inactive since 1989,
this is what m.i.a's dad does , its not a secret, any real journalist will know that in a second.....

peacehttp://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=12261


Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 1:17 PM

finally someone does this. her whole like "my dad is a terrorist so i'm reall edgy" schtick is ridiculous.

im confused
coz delone says it isn't ridiculous

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2008 1:34 PM

recognize genocide , then talk about terrorism, otherwise this shit is wac

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:10 PM

Hi there,
I'm just thinking this polemic is ridiculous, there is a war in Sri lanka, both of the sides are guilty of something. DeLon makes me laugh : " we want peace, I'm a patriot ", he just forget that sinhalese soldiers are as guilty as some tamils revolutionary. Just go to wikipedia and you will see. This is war all the means to fight are wrong, be there and tell who's wrong and who's right is useless for the conflict.
I'm not forgetting that LTTE uses children soldiers and that's unforgivable, but sinhalese government burns library, schools, and shows a really anti tamils conception in the national politic even before the creation of the LTTE.
MIA uses what she had been trough in her life to make her own art, I think this is something good, all I see in her songs it's a message from a downtrodded people, and for all people in the same case in the world.
P.S: Sorry for my english, it's very degueulasse!

Posted by pilou | September 14, 2008 9:30 PM

I wouldn't agree with those who purport that DeLon is a cheap publicist seeking attention to himself. He is making a valid point about MIA's hypocrisy. I remember her earlier interviews, in which she is clearly seen to be an apologist and an admirer of the despicable Prabaharan the “supreme commander” of the LTTE. If she admired Prabaharan so much once how is it that she is now of the view that the Tamil diaspora of her ilk, are separate from the Tigers? How can she claim she is the the voice of the “civilian refugee”. Was not her father a card carrying member of a terrorist organization EROS which 'fortunately' was “disbanded” by the Tigers by killing off its commanding echelon?

The innocent Tamil civilians the Tigers subjugated and terrorised certainly are separate from the Tigers, the victims of this bloody conflict, a conflict that we all hope will come to a swift end, but only if the Tiger Cadre stop using these civilians as Human Shields.

Jarvis Cocker did a Notorious Stage Invasion at the 1996 Brit Awards when Michael Jackson was performing. Just as Jarvis was making a valid point about “Jackos” blatant dominance in Brit awards DeLon's protest is similar. Jarvis Cocker has a fan base of his own, though a smaller population than 'Jacko' So has DeLon in comparison to MIA.

DeLon will endure all this and his music will enhance peace ... whilst MIA will continue in her subtle (and blatant) messages to glorify terrorism.

Posted by Ferdinand Salvador | February 7, 2009 1:47 PM

What a cheep grap. The crying girl on this CD is the daughter of the tamil MP who was killed by singala government. Even this guy dellon have no idea about it and he is blaming MIA. Get a lifeDelon.. If you go back home, You can make some money by ruuning an abduction network as the SL government does it. What you doing is worse than that as MIA got a cause but you ??

Posted by Dr Pererea | February 10, 2009 4:18 PM

Here is the link where this picture can be seen and its the pictre of a tamil girl weeping because his dad was killed by sigalese. So Delon could take a single Singala kidd crying picture bacause they are not effected by tamils. What a non sence.. taking tamil kidds suffering to justify you cause.. Get a life Dwlon idiot

http://tamilweek.com/news-features/archives/category/tw-reader-commented/

Posted by Dr Pererea | February 10, 2009 4:25 PM

DrPererea,

Anyone actually familiar with the situation on the ground, and by that I mean NOT the Tamil diaspora that's been brainwashed by the LTTE, knows that it is the Tamil civilians who are recipients of most LTTE induced suffering. They are the ones forced to bear the brunt of living under their rule, they are the ones forced to give up their children to their satanic army. They are the ones being used as human shields now. There were the ones to die in the latest suicide attack. If the LTTE gave a whit about the well being of the general Tamil population, they'd not orchestrate attacks in a refugee camp full of Tamil civilians. They would not assassinate Tamil politicians who dare stand up to their hegemony.

Unfortunately, it's too conveniently forgotten by the diaspora that is safely overseas and has the time and disposable income to support the virus called LTTE at the expense of their own people. MIA is a member of that diaspora, as unconnected to the reality of SL as you are. Perhaps it's time to make a visit back home. It's been a few decades, no?

Posted by KJ | February 11, 2009 12:21 AM

M.I.A. seems to agree. "I don't support terrorism and never have," she wrote in a statement. "As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. Frankly, I am not trying to start dialogue with someone who is really just seeking self-promotion."

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2009 11:29 AM

all the MIA haters or should i say the SINHALESE POPULATION.......... SERIOULSY ONLY SINHALESE ARE HATING ON HER..... ITS FUNNNY!... EVERYONE LOVES M.I.A. shes REAL..... but all u mother fucker haters out there keep hating... cuz it aint gonna do shit... fucking IDIOTS

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 7:55 PM

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