M.I.A. is never one to shy away from expressing what she truly feels about hot topics facing society today. In a recent interview with ES Magazine, the prominent artist called out people like Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé for only supporting the Black Live Matter movement.
“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter,” she declared to ES Magazine. “It’s not a new thing to me – it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.”
M.I.A. went on to further explain: “And you cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”
She also took to Twitter to clarify her statements:
Her criticism might not be specifically directed at Kendrick or Beyoncé, but instead rests with Americans in general. One of the most outspoken movements currently facing the country is the Black Lives Matter movement, and perhaps M.I.A. would prefer this to be more about "All Lives Matter" instead. She says Americans are only "allowed" to stand up for certain cultures, but if a movement erupted regarding Muslims, there might be more of a backlash.