M.I.A. Faces Another Controversy Regarding Black Lives Matter Comments

"“I’ve been told to stay in my lane."

No stranger to strife, M.I.A. has yet another controversy to tackle. As Pitchfork notes, Buzzfeed documented a very real "backlash" towards M.I.A.'s booking as a headlining act for the Afropunk festival. The negative reactions came as a result of M.I.A.'s comments regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, which read:

“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. 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.”

And, despite clarifying the aforementioned statement, it looks like the entire mess has boiled over. While a representative for M.I.A. confirmed her presence at Afropunk to Pitchfork, M.I.A. had the following to say in a storm of tweets:

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