Earlier this Week, M.I.A. tweeted that her new music video has been put on hold due to cultural appropriation controversy.

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On Monday, M.I.A. stated via twitter ,”I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa”.  She reached out to fans informing them that the video was shot in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, featuring one of the world’s most underrated, yet talented dancers who she searched for, for two years. This fear of appropriation comes from the backlash M.I.A. received for her “Bad Girls” video which featured negative stereotypes of Arabs with AK-47s and prompted negative responses from some Arab and Muslim communities. The discussion continues as M.I.A. is still engaged in a dialogue with fans on Twitter.


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