M.I.A. disses Oprah, Gaga, drops 61% on Billboard charts
[Lady Gaga's] journey isn't that difficult: to go from the f*cking Upper East Side to a f*cking performing arts school and on to a stage at the museum of f*cking wherever. That journey's about four miles."
Come on Mya, tell us how you really feel. Fewer and fewer people are going to be crying when M.I.A.'s fifteen minutes are up. And we're just about there. But she's not going down without shooting her mouth off just a bit more.
This time Maya Arulpragasam is making headlines for incendiary comments about Oprah Winfrey, and, of course, Lady Gaga.
In a new interview with Time Out London (found via Billboard), the loudmouth little rapper/pop semi-star said Winfrey gave her the "cold shoulder" when they both attended the Metropolitan Costume Institute Gala in May. "She was with Iman [Bowie]. Iman was always dancing with me, hugging and kissing me, but Oprah seemed really p*ssed off with me," she said, going on to attack Oprah for complimenting Gaga. She said, "She made this huge speech at the ball praising Lady Gaga and about how she [Lady Gaga] is helping Americans to be the best of themselves. There's millions of other Americans who represent that for me.
M.I.A.'s bitterness is nothing new. The 35-year-old Sri Lankan born performer thrives on it. She's been blasting Gaga for ages. And she recently made the news when, after Lynne Hirschberg of the New York Times wrote an unflattering profile of her, she posted Hirshberg's cellphone number online.
An overtly political artist, M.I.A. bristles whenever her authenticity is called into question and she's accused of being a hypocrite. This happens a lot since her baby daddy is Ben Bronfman, of yes those Bronfmans, which means she's living just about as luxurious a life as one can live while constantly playing up her gangsta street cred – Dad was a Tamil Tiger. But as Andrew Potter, author of the book The Authenticity Hoax, writes in a column on Mediaite: "There is absolutely no tension between balancing radical politics with high living, no difficulty in making style into a political statement. Just the opposite: the selling and marketing of non-conformity – what's been called radical chic, or the rebel sell, has been the very essence of our culture for decades. The point has been made over and over again, by everyone from Tom Wolfe to Thomas Frank."
So there right? Whatever. She's still over. The press was merciless over her rained out performance at New York's HARD Festival last week (which she promises to make up for with a free show.) Also, Billboard reports that her new album "/\/\ /\ Y /\" dropped from No. 9 to No. 34 in its second week on the Billboard 200. That's a 61% drop.
I'm sure it's just coincidence and that Oprah doesn't have magical powers or anything. (Shifty eyes)