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M.I.A. Claims The Sri Lankan Government Are Removing Her YouTube Videos


It’s been a bad year for M.I.A., with canceled shows, poor reviews, and general ridicule heaped on her after that New York Times interview. Things aren’t getting any better, and her paranoia seems to be increasing, as she is now claiming that the Sri Lankan government is trying to get her YouTube videos removed.


"They buried my Paper Planes, none of my fucking shit comes up," she said in an interview with the Guardian. "All my videos have been constantly pulled, the latest thing that's up there is from 11 months ago.” Despite these claims, a simple search for “M.I.A.” on YouTube instantly brings up the “Paper Planes” video (above) as the first result.


The Guardian reporter asked M.I.A. if it was her record label pulling the clips. "No, the Sri Lankan government is writing to them and saying, 'If you stick MIA videos up we're gonna take you to jail for supporting terrorism.,” she replied. This will raise an eyebrow or two at Vevo, who appear to have been hosting M.I.A. clips on YouTube for some time.


[via Gigwise]


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She appears to be grabbing at straws, eh?

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Last I checked she's been getting great reviews (4/5-Rolling Stone, 9/10- Spin), debuted for the first time in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, and is been having a great time letting the music press do all her publicity for her. I guess it's all how journalists choose to spin it, eh?


It did get some favorable reviews. All major releases will have some of those but it received a good deal of negative reviews especially compared to her previous albums. Popmatters, URB, Pitchfork, Tiny Mixtapes, Entertainment Weekly, Uncut, Austin Chonicle, Cokemachine Glow all gave it a score of 5 or lower. Prefix gave it an 8.

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Paper Planes instantly shows up when you put her name up on youtube; but many of her other songs and vidoes are missing. It's a fact and not paranoia or rumour. I remember a few months back there were a lot of her songs that got displayed in the list; but now half of them are of other 'Mia's. Her videos are definitely being pulled or I wouldn't have checked google to find out why.


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