M.I.A. opts to wear burqa to Scream Awards
October 19th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

M.I.A. opts to wear burqa to Scream Awards

When it comes time to decide between the safe fashion choice and the headline-creating option, it's not a surprise that M.I.A. would choose the latter.

The musician showed up at Spike TV's 2010 Scream Awards over the weekend wearing a burqa, a head-to-toe ensemble worn by some Muslim women. Even before M.I.A. decided to wear the outfit, burqas were making news because of a ban that will soon come into effect in France.

M.I.A.’s version was colorfully strewn with flowers and hearts along with the phrase “I love you."

Whatever fashion statement M.I.A. was aiming to make, she chose to wear a different eye-catching outfit for her performance, which included a blue wig and some very M.C. Hammer-esque pink pants. You can see it for yourself when the Scream Awards airs on Spike tonight at 9 p.m.

Filed under: Music

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Twinkle Toes

    Who? And who the "F" cares.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. monty

    Word to the not so wise. The reason our country lacks respect in the world is that most countries control their media. (i.e. Iran) and the only message i get from her is she is an idiot.

    October 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MR

    Once again a nobody gets attention by doing something stupid, she can't get noticed for her (so called) music. I say stone her to death but that would destroy a valuable piece of the earth. U idiots that defend these kind of worthless, no talent type of people are the ONLY reason there even in the news. U must live some pretty pathetic lives, do us all a favor and jump off a really high cliff u losers.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cheefsfury


    October 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Life

    Love is the answer.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 777

    Thats a niqab, not a burqa...

    October 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bryana

    If What U Wear Puts The Safety Of Others At Risk Then U Should Not Be Allowed To Wear It. Have Some Consideration For Freeist Citizens In The World.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Oh, naff off, Bryana. There is no such thing as freedom in this world.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. md

    Why do all these music artists have to dress so weird to get noticed.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Renee

    As an African American woman who is a Muslim and wears the Burqa, I understand her antics. This is a look at me statement. But also while looking at het she is trying to get a point across. She is still M.I.A. the fact that she had on a burqa doesn't change who she is. I am still Renee with or without it. But I refuse to let folks who don't understand my religion dictate what I can and can't wear.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. peaceandlove

    I think France made a good decision about the burka issue. MIA – you are not even a Muslim, but you act like you have the authority to speak on the subject. Wear your hijabs in your country, but in democratic nations, abide by their laws. You are lucky to be living in such a free country, why do you want to put yourself in prison? Not only is it imprisoning to wear that hideous outfit, but I do not know if you are a terrorist or are harboring weapons under that outfit – for everyone's safety please do not wear that atrocious thing.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Do you even know the difference between a burqa and a hijab, o' righteous lecturer?
      Truthfully, the government has no business telling people what they may or may not wear in public. Don't you believe in civil liberties? I know that believing that people have civil liberties isn't in season right now but, still.
      I personally don't agree with full body burqas but it's not my place, nor anyone else's, to ban it.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bryana

    Just Remember, There Alot Of Radical Muslims In America Blending In And Just Waiting For The Right Time To Attack Americans. We Will Not Who They Are Until Its To Late.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SaxMan

    This is obviously meant to be ironic... If you don't get it, just go back to sleep!

    October 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cheefsfury


    October 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JJ

    she just wears these stupid outfits to get people to talk about her. oh look, its working. she isn't making a statement, she's basking in the spot light.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D

    Antagonism sells. Somebody in the world will surely die as a result of this incitement. How could she feel good about it? How can a person not know about the militant maneuvering and coming fight that is precurser to next great act of terrorism? She's a player alright.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. just me

    I don't understand why it's ok to disrespect others if it doesn't conform to your own beliefs!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. troy carbaugh

    I'm with the dude, her music sucks and her political antics are a car crash! Who cares if you want to record your awful music in China to make a point about Democracy, however its the kids in the democracies that buy your putrid sound!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ken

    Who gives a F@#$, Who gives a S@#$.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nadia

    yaayy for MIA! She made a statement which can be intrepreted in various ways but it appears that she was saying that people can dress how they want to dress. A burqa is not required for Muslim women but a hijab (head scarf) is, although many of us don't wear it. And contrary to popular belief a burqa and hijab can be colorful and decorated. I have a really pretty black and brown one with bead work all over it. What it comes down to is that men will respect a female who is dressed modestly over a female dressed in a revealing clothes. You are forced to listen to the content of a modest woman's words over admiring her physical features. Good for MIA.!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • essen

      She is not a "modest woman", didn't you see her on MTV in a see-through outfit while she was 9 months pregnant?

      October 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • hijabi

      Thanks nadia for being one of very few wise and thoughtful comments on here.

      October 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • fifi

      You are brainwashed. Sad.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Wearing a head covering is NOT a requirement in Islam. It is the same in Christianity and Judaism. The women of all three religions would cover their heads on a daily basis but now only the conservatives (or woman religious) of those religions do so.
      I am not against head covering, just pointing something out. There's nothing wrong with modesty.

      October 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zigzag

      "What it comes down to is that men will respect a female who is dressed modestly over a female dressed in a revealing clothes."

      Nadia, I won't respect any woman (or man) who keeps their face covered while speaking to me. Covering one's face is an anti-social act. It's been considered extremely rude in Europe for many centuries. No one who covers their face unless for safety or medical purposes deserves respect.

      Why assume that men are only looking lustfully or wishfully at you in the first place, or that women who don't cover themselves up like tents/terrorists are trying to provoke lust, Nadia? You do most men and women a disservice there.

      October 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jerry

    Her music sucks, so why not do something else for a change.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. we are all one

    i understand that the burqa may not be in the traditional colors and that she may not be the best musical artist, but looking past all that the statement was not to disrespect it was that we as americans tend to judge other cultures and at times force our laws and religion on others and when the shoe is on the other foot we don't handle that very well. (we can dish it but we can't take it) the US was known to be a melting pot of many cultures where there was freedom to practice our various religions includingo ur style of dress. WHO are we do tell others how to dress? How about we deal with correcting our own currupt government, creating jobs, educating our children, and learn how to respect other cultures. It is becuase of our forcefulness to judge others and control everthing is the reason why we as a country have lost the respect of our alies , our neighbors, and most of all the respect for ourselves

    October 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lara

      It isn't always the big bad white man from America that has the culture clash- many 'cultures' have stopped respecting themselves, their beliefs, and their familes and the people around them- therefore degarding society as a whole. It's EVERYONES problem, not just 'Americans'.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Loren

    Who? What? Who cares? Her sense mirrors her stage name, missing in action.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. April

    Yeah, Im totally wanting to see those parachute pants.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. T'laryth Phalyn

    Yo, "the_dude", change your name. Chill you are not.

    Anyway, the outfit did as it was intented; it got you all talking. Good for her. She made a statement and it was heard.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. the_dude

    Forget about the burkha she deserves to be stoned for producing such horrible crap music.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Leandro

    I can't wait to see the Hammer pants.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  27. joe

    Lets's stone her

    October 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. religious

    A Muslim woman would not wear a burqa with so much color - woman wear black or solid colors–so in one way she was disrespectful. To each his own. peace

    October 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  29. El Jefe

    Oh no... The mooslims will take a fatwa on her now. She insulted their women, who they themselves see as only lowly baby making machines...

    October 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyberpolice

      SHe is copying Lady Gaga and her stance on Dont Ask, Dont Tell. SHe is trying to blah blah blah Muslim women cant wear these things in France.

      October 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SaxMan

      You obviously know little of MIA...

      October 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cyberpolice

      Yeah, and its better kept that way. Next thing we will see her wearing a suit made out of vegtables

      October 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • McSteamy

      This is probably the first time i have seen an article about her when she wasnt dissing lady gaga for being better and more famous than MIA is.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RosaMimosa

      What is wrong with you people (MR, bryana, joe and the others know who they are) ) espousing hate, killing others and being so stupid. Chances are that many Muslims will appreciate her silent statement. I see the Love You obayyahs being manufactured right now for the spring. And those of you with the absolute wrong interpretation of what a Muslim should wear should read a book or travel the world where Muslim women live and wear colorful clothing and no one considers them unrespectable or treats them with disregard. Every Muslim does not follow Saudi custom which is based more on custom than religion. There is nothing in Quran or Hadith that tells women what color to wear.

      October 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie MV

      Just tell me, what right do any of you have to insult another person's culture or dress? Shame on those of you who don't understand and choose to place your ignorance on public display. Most musliom countries are MUCH safer to live in and to raise children in than any of the west!!!!!

      October 31, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |

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