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M.I.A. Says Latest Video Was Banned For Cultural Appropriation

M.I.A. performs at the Audi A3 launch event at SIR Stage 37, on Thursday, April 3 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invi
M.I.A. performs at the Audi A3 launch event at SIR Stage 37, on Thursday, April 3 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy and on Monday, she posted that she's faced backlash while working on a follow-up project to her 2013 album, "Matangi." "I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!" she tweeted on Monday. "I've been told I can't put out a video because it's shot in Africa."

According to M.I.A., the video was shot in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa and stars a dancer she spent two years tracking down.

Whether or not the video propagates cultural appropriation is a total mystery, considering we haven't seen it, nor are there plans for others to see it, but M.I.A. was called out for cultural appropriation after releasing "Bad Girls" back in 2013. Critics accused it of fueling Arab stereotypes.

Now M.I.A. is retweeting her fans and critics, making her Twitter feed a stream of messages about cultural appropriation (versus celebration) in music. One fan wrote, "As long as the dancer isn't used as a prop to enhance ur image i.e the Indian girls in major lazer vid."

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