Ok so M.I.A is back in the studio and currently working on her third album. Her new single, ‘Born Free’ which is said to be from this upcoming yet-to-be-named album. The video which is directed by Romain Gavras has caused a huge amount of controversy. It was taken down from YouTube the day it was put up, then put back on with an age-limit and yet again, most of the videos have been taken down. The video has also been banned from the US. On her Twitter, M.I.A said, “F**K UMG WHO WONT SHOW IT ON YOUTUBE! FOR THE U.S.”
Your probably wandering what it is about the video that has caused all of the fuss, heres the basic lowdown: the video follows a group of U.S. soldiers who invade a town and hunt down redheads to be massacred on the desert. Yes thats right. Hunt down ginger people.
As soon as the video starts, its got quite an eerie feeling to it. You can hear the war sirens, theres a whole load of violence, naked-overweight people having sex, an old man smoking and a young ginger boy being shot in the head. Take a look for yourself,
Honestly when I first watched it, I didn’t really pay too much attention to the music. It was just there. Not overly sure on the song yet but I think thats because theres too much focus on the video.
You could say M.I.A is just trying to make a point about the frontline, discrimination and all that. But then has she gone too far?
What do you think?