Earlier this year, M.I.A. came hard for American celebrities and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, asking when stars would start speaking out in favor of other marginalized peoples. "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..." she wondered aloud in an interview.
Now, M.I.A. is facing a bit of pushback from prospective attendees of the first Afropunk festival to be held in the UK, for whom she was supposed to headline later this year. After a deluge of criticisms over her comments, the British rapper declared the following:
According to Fact, M.I.A.'s reps have been saying that the performance will still go on, making the situation rather confused at the moment.
Nonetheless, M.I.A. still plans on dropping her fifth studio album later this year.