M.I.A. (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam)

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Date: 2006

Region: North America

Subject: Language

Medium: Music


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Artist: The rap artist M.I.A. (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam)

Confronting Bodies: United States Immigration Officials

Dates of Action: May, 2006

Location: United States of America

Description of Artwork: M.I.A.'s rap songs often contain controversial lyrics including references to suicide bombers and to the political group, Tamil Tigers.

The Incident: M.I.A. was supposed to come to the United States to work with producer Timbaland on her upcoming album. However, the United States refused to issue M.I.A. a visa because of the nature of the lyrics on her current album. Futher MTV refuses to play her current single, Sunshower.

Results of Incident: On her website, M.I.A. stated "They tried to shut my door!," "Roger roger do you here me over the US immigration won't let me in!" M.I.A. has since been granted a visa to enter the U.S.--she sang (creating another controversy) at the 2012 Superbowl.

Source: www.spotlightingnews.com; http://washingtontimes.com