May 28th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

M.I.A. tweets NYT writer's phone number

M.I.A. has no qualms about using Twitter to express her distaste, and this time she aimed and fired at NYT Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg.

The artist –- who made headlines in April with a violent video for “Born Free” –- doesn't appear to care for the feature Hirschberg wrote about her for the publication. She tweeted the reporter’s phone number to her thousands of followers Thursday.

Her tweet read, “CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day [expletive] ;),” which of course caused Hirschberg’s phone to blow up with callers expecting to get in touch with the music artist.

M.I.A., a.k.a. Maya, doesn't seem to think the piece was an accurate portrayal. An hour after tweeting Hirschberg’s number, M.I.A. released another: “NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!! >>>>”

Hirschberg opens the article with the example of M.I.A. at the Grammy’s in 2009, nine months pregnant and spitting violent lyrics.

“Although her publicist had a wheelchair ready and a midwife on call, Maya, who has a deep and instinctive affinity for the provocative, knew that this Grammy moment was not to be missed,” Hirschberg wrote. “It had everything: artistic credibility, high drama, a massive audience. The baby would just have to wait. The combination of being nearly naked, hugely pregnant, singing incendiary lyrics and having the eyes of the world upon her was too much to resist.”

Instead of giving birth in a pool, embracing the pain and the struggle as M.I.A. once said she planned to do, she gave birth in a private room in Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, which was “one of many contradictions that seem to provide the narrative for Maya’s life and art,” Hirschberg wrote. “As usual, she wanted to transform her personal life into a political statement.”

Hirschberg said she has “no idea” what M.I.A. is referring to in that last tweet, as she told the New York Observer, but she isn’t surprised the artist released her phone number (nor does she plan on changing it).

“It's a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don't think it's surprising," Hirschberg said in the interview. "She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative."

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  1. find a phone number for free

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    March 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jess


    June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bjd

    What else would one expect from the drooling morons of CrapHop?

    May 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steven

    so, big deal about her father! Woody Harrelson's dad is on death row in texas for being a serial killer, that has nothing to do with Woody and it isn't a reflection on him in any way!!! whatever idiot's would like to start blaming anyone for the parent's behaviour can start with their own; just post it all here and we'll judge you!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dman

    Never heard of M.I.A., so I red some of the posts here. My favorite? Someone wrote that she isn't a very good rapper. Pretty funny, considering all rap is is someone talking, with a beat playing in the background. You basically have to know how to talk while some pre-recorded noise is playing.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob II

    WHAT!!!!!???? A journalist claiming someone else is unethical?? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    Wow, what a bunch of ignorant comments, not to mention the article itself! MIA is not a rapper. The hook she sag at the Grammy's is not violent in any way..."No one on the corner has swagger like us." She's also not a one-hit wonder (one of her songs crossed over, but she has a legitimate underground music career). Only her father was a Tamil Tiger, and they are terrorists in the same way American Revolutionaries were to the British. The New York Times is not conservative. I didn't realize giving birth in a private room made one a bad person. All of that said, people who choose to be in the public eye should have thick skin when it comes to negative press.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      I think your one of the only intelligent people on here.....And steve i think your right some people are so quick to judge that im almost thinking they have a lot of soul searching to do, it's almost sad how so many younger people just have no clue what's really going on in the world but hay we too were once young and dumb lol but the sad part is if you choose to stay that way!!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Fiona

    This is a big nothing. This performer is just whipping up more publicity by targeting a reporter who - aha! - helped get her out there in the public eye. These days, it doesn't matter if the buzz is negative or positive: people just want to be talked about. Publishing someone's number is a standard - extremely immature - Internet flame. No biggie. You can call the phone company and get an immediate number change. I know, because I had it done when I was being harassed by neighbors some years ago.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Absolute_Truth

    What do you expect from a rapper, civilized behavior?

    May 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laura J

    M.I.A. = mentally incompetent a________________

    May 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    I with MIA would go MIA.. Loser with a capital L

    May 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Remember that 3-year-old from "Raising Arizona" that proudly wrote the word "FART" on the wall with red crayon? The only real difference between that kid and M.I.A. is that one of them knows the F-word already!!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jd

    MIA is just another phony wannabee. She is in no way original or interesting. without the makeup, fashions and the bling she is plain and without talent. Without the words and music someone else provides and producer director to cut the tracks to something resembling rap and the videos... take it away and she is a nobody. Provocative??? not even close...only a spoiled child gives out a reporters number just because she didn't get positive spins on her lifeless talent. God help her child.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    She's a terribly uninteresting artist with utterly annoying music. She can be as provacative as she wants but in ten years time she'll be forgotten.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just Wondering

    once a tramp alway's one

    May 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. valley

    m.i.a. is no longer an outsider. she is an insider from a unique background. so her self righteousness looks stupid and fake now when she's living better than most of the people who buy her records, yes, her american listeners included. she's now living the life of any rich popstar and she can't stand it being pointed out because she's built herself on being an outsider. yet, she has a billionaire white husband, lives in a billionaire white neighborhood, wears clothes billionaire white people wear, dines at chateau marmont in west hollywood, a rich area. none of this means she is a crap musician, otr that success isn't great. but the way she treats this writer who told the truth, shows she can dish it out but cant take it. the thing is mia indicts rich westerners in her songs all the time. i bet the writer felt like, "lissen little girl. you're richer than me, and living larger than me, so shut up."

    May 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Who Cares

    Who cares about Sri Lanka. We are told over and over not to be the "worlds police" but everyone seems to like to make us feel bad and take our money and get involved.

    Sri..Who??????? I have other worries to be honest.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Makes me

    Her outfit makes we want to watch Jaws for some reason. Is the picture on her shirt a picture of her face above. Does her shirt change dynamically to her facial movements. It appears taht is the case. Technology is awesome these days.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. I bet

    I bet his nuts are huge!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    She's hot, but let's face it–she is the daughter of a terrorist.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umm...

      Let's face the fact she looks like a big mouthed, hairy foreheaded, arthritic handed, freak with a mouth that of a Shark....IF only I could compare a shark to her mouth...OH BOY. SHe did it for me with her AWESOME outfit.

      If she is hot then Megan Fox will literally burn your skin from 20 miles away

      May 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jasper

    If you don't know who MIA is, you do not have any credibility to discuss her place in music. She is an artist, and whether you like it or not, she has had a large impact in the music scene, pop and indie.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bigger Impact

      She has a bigger impact on routing phone calls to reporters phones to be quite honest with you! I never heard of her until this but I can tell you that you are disillusioned. You are searching for something missing in your life and you find it in this "wordly" creature that manipulates you daily.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Why

    Why is her hair so low on her forehead. Does she have some type of disease or strange. It looks like you could feather the middle part of her forehead. Poor thing!!! That has to be annoying having your extended eyebrows get in your eyes when you swim.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • You would 2

      YOu would be a little passive agressive if you had a face like that too. Give her a little break. She has to wake up and comb her face each morning and pick out which shark outfit to wear. She is "special" 🙂 The short bus special.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Teddy

    She supports a group that has child soldiers; does assasinations; suicide bombings and breaks every human rights violation in the book..... they should take all her money and boot her sorry ass back to Sri Lanka.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • If......

      If she is "TRULY" so passionate about the cause why is she not out there fighting for the cause. Why is she at Jimmy Choos and haning out in LA. Oh...I remembered because there are these things that are called hypocrites. That is right.

      It makes sense now...use a horrible social injustice for your fame meanwhile tricking people into believing you really enough to do no nothing but make money off the events. Nice. She found her way out I guess that is all that matters.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Big Jon

    She has to be the biggest pu$zy on the planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God I hope she tackles the issues she sings about a bit better than her twitter account. LOL. Ughhhhh...DORK!!!!!!!!! NERD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Scott

    The reporter broad deserved it.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Again

    Chut Pata

    Shoot Pasta Again!!!

    You go girl. You post those phone numbers with your twitter account. Be strong. Be a roll model. YOu must be of her nationality to really post that ridiculous statement. Nice mott in life" "Disturb them the way they disturb you" That will get you far!! Way to be a stand up human being. It just goes to show her fans and their thought patterns. Just a bunch of weak, whiny, babies that get turned on by fake violence in videos because it makes the feel "tough". When in reality you are just a bunch of lamos..


    May 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chris

    Never heard of her, Don't care, Don't care and Don't care next...............

    May 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Chut Pata

    Way to go girl. Never heard of you, but kudos. I should start listening to you. These media nobodies think they are gods, and can destroy anyone with their pen. Well someone gave them the taste of their own medicine. Disturb them the way they disturb you.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DESTROY?

      By destory you mean writing an article about simple facts that your hero claimed were truth that were in fact false.

      Yea...she destroyed her alright. You finally get a bit of integrity and honesty in jounalism vs. everyone kissing everyone's butt and we get people like you that are literally insane. Extreme a bit with your assessment of the events that unfolded??

      May 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TheDeuce

    One word that fits both of them: LOSER.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ryan

    God this chick is obnoxious, she isn't challenging conventions, she tries to shoehorn faux-political statements into nonsensical lyrics.

    People need to stop calling everything art and the people who make this garbage "artists". The difference between this girl and KRS 0ne is huge. One is an artist, the other is just a moronic performer.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      Ironically if she were white nobody would give her a second look!!!!!!!

      May 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. trelos84

    MIA sounds like a real winner. The NYT writer seems OK.

    I'm cracking up reading the comments though.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. j

    never heard of Pablo Picasso is famous. she?, no.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MyRhetoric

    She is done after paper planes; one hit and that was it for her. I don't care for anything she has released now; all it is electro synth beats spliced with sub-par lyrics spouted at the top of her stupid whiny voice. Some people will buy it because she is "political" however these same people have never been to Tamil, do not know the situation there; and are buying into record companies under the guise of "fighting the man". Like any writer is going to trust her now; she just murdered her own career.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Midwest Guy

    I think the video/track "Born Free" is brilliant and necessary. If you haven't seen it, view it. Its powerful. Artists like M.I.A are long over due. We need more artists who are willing to take risks and speak out about issues of social injustices. The world will not change unless people are willing to take risks and speak out. We need more little children who point to the Emperor and say, "HEY, THAT EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES." M.I.A is one child who speaks from the heart and speaks truth to power. She is a hero.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hug A Tree

      Hug a tree on the way out of your house for me. People scare me with words like "hero" The only hero in your life should be your parents and well...if they are not that is most likely why you are messed up and do not see the reality of life that unfolds before your very eyes. However, you can see the truth , the manipulation, the greed, and the insanity yet you CHOOSE to twist that person/even into a hero because you are so desparate to have one or find one that make life meaningful. See a shrink. Seriously. See a shrink. Einstein may be a hero. Edison could quality as a hero. Mother Teresa....but when you throw the work hero around about someone who "tweets" and posts other peoples phone numbers DO NOT THINK everone is so crazy that you will not get called out on it. Now think about what you read...just think!!!!! Desparation for meaning is the killer of instint and life.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Kraznodar

    Who is this MIA person and why is the guy in the picture wearing a Jaws shirt?

    May 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. B


    May 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. 2A372vet

    I can't wait to see what her kid is going to be like .

    May 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Women are useless

    The only thing she should do is put that vail over her head and let a man tell her what do. Women are so ignorant. I am not worried about Mexicans. I am worried about Chics and the stupid so called "men" that put up with their BS on a daily basis. They all think they are God's Gift to the world. THey never do a hards day work or have any idea what life is really about. Then you get guys listening and following the horse$41t, reading how to be a better man, and letting women walk all over them. Don't you realize it is just a giant ploy and conspiracy by women to control men.

    Get a sac men. Even commenting on this is lame and I am following into their trap. The sensitvie, lame, worship me trap that is of the American Life these days. THings are messed up because women are completely out of whack and men have to deal with it on a ddaily basis. Nothing worse then a female boss!!

    May 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.A.P.

      Soooooo, you prefer guys then? That makes sense.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • It is funny

      It is funny how everyone is commenting on a cat fight problem caused by PMS or some other completely irrationale and emotional respose from two females. What a friggin non-story!! got me thinking which is hard to do 🙂

      May 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Only A Girl

      Yea, I can see Dr. Dre posting a phone number of someone who wrote a bad article. LOL. The passive agressive nature of women that now most men adopt. It is a great time in America. You wonder why oil has leaked for 35 days. Probably because all the men have to go home and deal with their wives BS at night and not even able to handle a catastrophy because the Sun revolves around their wives/girlfriends. Everyone is scared of women.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oil

      Oil has leaked becasue they have to deal with HR 🙂

      May 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Funny Isn't It

    Funny how college dorks buy this crap thinking they are of "evolved" meanwhile the machine is just laughing all the way to the bank.

    You know her first thought each day: "How can I get in the news" Hey that is fine...but don't be a little b1t$h when you try so hard to be provacative.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Zimm

    Tough S–t sweetheart! You want to be a celebrity?? Guess what bad press comes with the territory. What's funnier is that most of the negative things said about her in the article were quotes from her friends, family, and former boyfriends. BOO HOO HOO. If you want to work in Hollywood you had better have thicker skin than that.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. C.A.P.

    She is an artist and has the right to express herself anyway she wants. Anyone who call a mother-to-be a hypocrite just because she decided to GET A HOSPITAL ROOM instead of whatever the other option may be can go to hell. You are no better that the worst of us.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      She has a right to express herself, and others have a right to expose her expressions as being incorrect, as has been done.

      May 29, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  42. richard

    Thank god for the provacateurs! Artists such as M.I.A. keep art, whether it's aural, visual or written! We progress when we discuss, disagree and air our opinions...judge what you feel you must, but art is more exciting because of the provacateur!

    May 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiot

      You are an idiot. She is not an artist. Well she is a scam aritst. This is a person that believes Jay-Z sold out. This is a person who moans about Lady Gaga. She is only concerned with the biggest celebrities because she so desparately wants to be a part of that, yet bashes the true ICONS of certain genres.

      Nothing worse in my opinion than a hypocrite. Just read the ridiculous crap she has stated mainly about selling out yet we see her "tweeting" to make headlines and at "jimmy choos" Unbelievable some of you just do not understand how badly you get manipulated on a daily basis. However, I would also bet that 99% of her fans basically have nothing of any significance or importance going on thier lives and simply think she is ...."COOL"

      May 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. V Saxena

    Lol. Very immature and uncalled for behavior, but I've done the same thing. In college I posted a girl's phone number on MTV under the premise that it was in fact Jessica Simpson's #. My attempt at retaliating against her for not harboring mutual feelings of attraction eventually resulted in two months of house arrest and and a plethora of fees. Suffice it to say, I learned a much-needed lesson on respect, responsibility and, more importantly, getting over a crush the proper way!

    By the way, anyone who dares excuse MIA's behavior is an ignoramus. I as a writer have no intention of relinquishing my freedom of speech and expression for some overly sensitive ass. If you don't like it, don't read it; else put a sock in it!

    May 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Earth

    wow. this chick was allowed to have a baby? Child Services needs to take it away. And Obama needs to seal the BP hole and this chick's hole.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Mark

    She needed something to extend her 15 minutes of fame to 16 minutes and this is it.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Blaise

    Another talentless, stupid clown. MIA/Maya is just a chilld with no skill, brains or talent – just plain classless. Ten years from now Lynn will still be writing and MIA/Maya will be broke, turning $20.00 tricks to pay for her drug habit.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  47. meat

    people who follow "stars" on twitter = sheep, lemmings, maggots... take your pick and get some productive hobbies

    May 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Johnny D

    Reporters are all pariahs and vultures anyway, hiding behind the myth of "journalistic objectivism" to invade people's lives. Good for MIA to do that, she should release her home address as well.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Pancho

    I love arizona's new law... They should deport MIA

    May 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Eric the Actor

    Sounds like someone who makes super violent videos and tweets a NYT reporters phone is just deperate for the publicity and attention because her career isn't going places.

    No talent, just yell louder...

    May 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awesome Name

      If that is really you that would rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I could see your little angry butt following this chic and posting that. Or you may just like Stern!!!

      May 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. jona

    Looks like MIA has proven the author to be correct. What a classless fool.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Fact Remains

    THe fact remains that this article must have struck a nerve with MIA because she retaliated. IThe author appears to have done nothing but report facts. Why wouldn't MIA (LOL) simply dispute the article. Oh, that is right. Because she could not refute any of the valid points. When you are in the public and you say one thing and do another then get angry someone wrote about it that then makes you a low life loser. If you say at one point, " I want to feel the pain" then turn around and do the opposite THEN obviously get angry over someone calling you a liar because you are it SHOWS YOU ARE A LIAR, A HYPROCRITE, AND NOTHING LIKE THE IMAGE YOU PORTRAY. Weak little scared girl that can't face the truth although she wants to be in the limelight 24*7. Just the kind of "artist" that should be put on a pedistal and worshipped. NOT

    May 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Art

    If you don't like her just leave her alone. Gosh get on with your lives.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Follow your advice

      Maybe HE SHOULD follow your advice and not have posted someone's phone number and "left her alone" and "go on with her life" after she cried like a little school girl because a journalist wrote something she did not like.

      I think the person that needs to take your advice is MIA...not the public which she chooses to try and manipulate for money and fame. We are just calling a spaid a spaid.

      May 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Obviously Smart

    "Truth ISSUE ill b"

    Maybe truth is..dunno what Truth Issue is MIA. His brain is obviously MIA as well.

    Truth Issue...moron.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  55. About to Drool

    Is this dude about to drool in the picture. Looks like he is a bit "slow" Der der der....

    May 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Don't Do Coke with MIA

    Don't do lines of coke with this dude...with that honker you will be left out. Snort 5 lines at once with that thing.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Wonder2

    I wonder how big his sausage is? I am not of that lifestyle, and I am fine with anyone that is, I am just curious if it is big or small. I don't know don't ask or flame me.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Onions Anyone

    I bet she smells like onions. She looks like she would smell really badly.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Austin

    Thats a man, baby!

    May 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Wonder

    Wonder how much wax it took to remove that Middle Eastern Uni-Brow?

    May 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Shark Shirt

    Are those shark notrils or her ni00ples???

    May 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jimmy Choo

    Never listended to his music but Jimmy Choo I am sure fits right in line with her overall message. Standard shoe ..oh about $700-$800..LOL. I am mad and angry and I have a message. Oh crap look there is a Jimmy Choos. Let's go buy expensive crap instead of HELPING what we complain about.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  63. JackD

    Are you kidding me? If you haven't heard of MIA, I'm sorry, but you have not kept up with good new music over the past 5 years. She may not be a "rapper" but it's ridiculous to say she's not bringing anything new to the table – in terms of production, delivery, and pure scope of the stuff she makes, nobody else does anything like it. The way her music intertwines a bunch of odd, seemingly unrelated genres, is what I personally like best about it.

    Also, the reporter deserved it... and I have a journalism degree. Talk about transparency and credibility in media – it starts at the source. Don't write inflammatory things if you don't want to be held accountable.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • deserved...

      She deserved to have her phone number given out? Man you are right she is a total genius, cutting edge, and obviously 12!!!!!!

      May 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Possible...just sayin

      Maybe you think he is bringing something "new" to the table because he mixes a bunch of inchohernt sounds, no rhythm, no melody, no harmony, and no overall grasp of space and time when it comes to a musical score.

      Maybe he is so bad he is good. LOL

      May 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtalk

      idiot. if you werent such an ignorant tool you'd realize that M.I.A. is a woman! how can you criticize something you've never heard? pure ignorance. stay on your farm and keep being a slave to radio/mainstream. just dont come to the civilized world cause i doubt you'd go very far. Its one thing if you dont like her music but if you've never even bothered to hear it before criticizing it you are ignorant .

      May 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. I think

    I think she is emulating the awesome shark on her shirt. I am not sure which has the bigger mouth to be honest.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Is That?

    Is that a shadow on her forehead or the world's lowest hair line. 81tch needs to comb that forehead!!!

    I wonder if she uses soap or shampoo for that thing. Lifes mysteries. Oh Lifes Great Mysteries

    May 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Invisible Jugs

    Why is she holding two invisible D Cup Melons?!?!?!?!?!

    Either that or she has the worse case of carpel tunnel on the planet!

    May 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuckle Chuckle

      I admit. You got me. You actually got me to laugh (literally out loud) at one the stupidest yet oddly witty things I read.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Ranjan

    Who is M.I.A.? Never heard of her? him?

    May 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  68. MIAFAN

    reporter asked for it with that hack job. There's a reason why most Americans think journalists are elitist jerks

    May 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  69. rich

    ok, so wait. if the musician is the 'provocateur' then what does that make the writer who transparently writes sensationalist rubbish about musicians? M.I.A is an artist. Does it seem that Lynn Hirschberg is contributing anything of value to anyone? Certainly this kind of writing does not enlighten us at all about music or music criticism as true journalism should, so... hmm why write such nasty things? Oh yes, to get attention and make money, while building a career from the reputation of being some kind of hard ass. Well, I applaud M.I.A. Anyone out there who has ever had to defend their art or their lifestyle from someone who is basically a jerk knows that sometimes it's just not enough to say "hey, thanks for the unsolicited assessment, but really no one asked you".

    May 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timothy

      Hirschberg was far from being sensationalist. It was a very well researched expose. Unlike MIA's sensationalist twitter response, just because MIA couldn't respond rationally to criticism. It was a childish response like a tantrum, just because she didn't get her own way or her agenda perused. MIA should leave the politics to experts, then she wouldn't be exposed as being politically naive.

      May 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  70. AlienmInator

    M.I.A..............Boy i wish she was. As with all untalented artists they try to be provocative just to mask their lack of artistic credebility. She is more for the limelight and the mingling with true celebrities and high class artists just to try and make herself feel as though she has made it or as with most provocaters, tries and deride them either in public or through the press.
    Ant the end of the day, we all may be very lucky, she may just end up like her monogram suggests and the pages of editorials will be free for someone with a little talent.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Robin Bray

    Another "artist" who is too full of themselves. Let's see what will it be? Dies from drugs, surprise divorce, loses all money with bad investments. spends all money because she's stupid, or vanishes to be forgotten until VH1 does a where are they now show?

    May 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Billybob

    What a piece of sh!t this moron is,never heard of her,already forgot her !!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

      Once you leave this page you will have forgotten her. NOT while you're still commenting. 😛

      May 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  73. What Does She Rap About

    So I guess she rhymes about:

    Sand Dunes
    Obviously Fish
    And all the other stupid crap in and around the middle east. What a pointless portion of this Earth. Really, when can we be realists and just realize that even if she does have a message it is because they are all so moronic, nuts, crazy, and extreme. I think we are allowed to be adults and not so PC all the time and simply state: MIDDLE EAST IS WORTHLESS. ALL OF YOU. The entire place is nothing but a wasteland of hatred, fighting, and moronic behavior.

    WE can't have world peach with the Middle East. PASS IT ALONG. It my lil piece of MIA rapping style!! Blow the dunes up!!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dang

      Messed up my own rhyme:

      WE CANT HAVE WORLD PEACE AS LONG AS THEIR IS A MIDDLE EAST. yo yo rap name is: coffee stained teeth coming straight out the burbs of ohizio yo.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smarter than you

      You idiot she's not from the middle east. Before you spout of your ignorance double check your facts. You don't like MIA? I could care less, but at least get your facts straight.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  74. amyinoaktown

    Totally uncool posting someone's phone number....hopefully the media won't be covering her anytime soon. If you can't take criticism MIA then you are in the wrong business!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Mark

    I want to impregnate her like seven times.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  76. yup

    She's the same "writer" who wrote the infamous Vanity Fair article on Kurt & Courtney, getting their child taken away from them for being a typical punk rock couple. She must getta big kick out of exploiting ppls personal lives or what she considers flaws. 90% of journalists are garbage that will destroy ne1s life 2 get a story. Why doesnt she go do a story on real issues,maybe get a child taken away from some parents that actually deserve it,Ive been to houses that dont even function as a house w/ children in them, but theyd rather destroy ppls lives cuz they cant pass a drug test...retarded.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Oodoodanoo

    News people think their work is sacred, so they demonize anyone who attacks one of their own. If MIA had done this to a politician, the media would be cheering her.

    You news people report mass layoffs at GM and IBM with no emotion. But layoffs at Time and Newsweek are apparently the end of the world. You should be aware that when this happens to you - and it's happening more often - that more than a few of us "regular folks" do a little celebration.

    If you ever thought you were doing God's work, then you should learn to get over yourselves. Think about getting an honest job while you're at it.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  78. More trash

    To bad this rapper isn't already MIA. What a waste – so few REAL talents in this industry. Lots of attention getter's that are less than educated, hence the foolish unprofessional actions. The funny thing is that rappers like this make their millions from over privileged (and educated) white college students. How ironic!

    Whatever happened to listening to music that was created by instruments? What a novel concept!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Anyone

    Anyone that says "rap game" is "totally lame" The rap game.....god you wonder why people view you a certain why yet you cry for equality. Be equal and not be retards and maybe you will get treated normally.

    Rap Game........I have been the Symphony Game going on 15 yrs...I am strapped with my gat so how you like dat???

    Take that Jay-Z. I am a lyrical poet...Miami is on the scene in case you didn't know town..created all the base sound...something something..put something in the ground.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Nice outfit

    I like the "under water" theme she has going on with her attaire. Man she is dope. Dude you see that shark shirt. Yea dog..those fish earrings are like sick yo...she is so original man. Yea dude she rocks. She is like a muslim mermaid dog. Yea tell me that you can rizzock the water outfit??? Fo shizzle my go girl!!!! Uh Huh that right.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Tragic Trash

    Yet another "artist" that I have no idea about. Who are these people??? MIA..more like LOL!!

    I guess she is popular because she is arab or something. People think that if you are from a different country or different belief system you somehow are more relevent. In reality she is teh White Trash or Hill Jack of where she came from. People think they are "cultured" by listening to someone obviously totally influenced by the Western you are listening to the same crap only with a more deceiving, narcissistic view. To each their own though...if you like be it. But do not tell me some BS she has guys that like pop music would not know talent musically or artistically if it hit you with a baseball bat and said, " I AM REAL TALENT..LISTEN..WATCH" You guys turn that off for MIA, Spears, Daughtry, whoever esle is out there. She seems like a little whiny bi7$H with all that said....

    May 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • What is music?

      I agree to a point, but what do you consider good music then?

      May 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Just Saying

    Never heard of her and don't want to either.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  83. kingtrick

    Like school in summer, no class.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  84. MIA Today

    I am an active participant at the Tea Party rallies that have occurred near the midwest. Once we finally gain control of this country again these are the type of artists who will be MIA because this music is trash. It is the devil's work. She needs to be a good mother and get her priorities straight.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kro354

      I thought the Tea Party was about less government involvement in our lives...but they can adjust their principles when it sounds good. Good thing no one outside the fringe takes them seriously.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um...


      We believe and I believe in more government for social justice and controlling the population and moral beliefs and ideals that are leaving this country in the Toilet. More government to gain control of the "out of control" society but less governmetn when it comes to taxes and that kind of stuff. Why is that hard to get or problematic? We need to turn this country around and get people valuing Christ, women, and bring it back to a simpler time.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Oh boy, another Jesus freak. Just what we need

      May 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • drito

      Get out of America you theocratic pigs, go emigrate to Iran if you want to live under religious law.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Rwalford79

    M.I.A. is an idiot without talent anyway...

    May 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obvious

      And that makes you and idiot, without talent, that is NOT rich and famous. Hmmm... I take M.I.A.!

      May 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  86. JJ

    I don't get it. What the writer said seems pretty accurate. Is she upset because he was telling the truth and she was embarrassed?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. AKILEZ

    Mia is a crapper maker- Bob you are genius

    May 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Mase

    For those of you who do not know who M.I.A is, she has been in the rap game for over 15 years and has been heavily involved in addressing social issues through her lyrics before many American Artist got a clue. It obvious that many post on here only follow "mainstreamers" so they think she just came on the scene. This so called "journalist" should do her research and report accurately on her crusades and history. As to her "violent" lyrics of her grammy song Paper Planes, I would challenge Lynn Hirschberg to read over the lyrics and reflect on the relevance and how those lyrics reflect what is going on in our world today.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NuzeJunkie

      Mase – thank you for the insight – it helps put some of comments in the article into context.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Has 1 fan

      Has 1 obvious are not a stalker or a sicko are you tracking his/her every move. i can't really tell if she is a chick cause I am thinking tranny.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kasey

      Mase, whether you like MIA or not, it was a classless thing to do to post someone's home number on twitter. Very classless. If the sections of the article mentioned are what set MIA off, they seem pretty spot on to me. She did do those things, they were facts. Perhaps MIA should think about her actions if she doesn't want anyone to criticize her. She obviously needs a thicker skin. She's also treating her fans a bit like sheep, expecting them to run and call the number for her, which of course they did (kinda dumb of them to think she would actually post her own phone number). Wow, how clever she must feel.

      May 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Ash

    Justin – I like Lady Sovereign too! – but I think she's definitely a rapper. I LOVE MIA. She brings a lot of differently worldly music to her albums and it's nice to have something new and fresh out there. Everyone can quit hating. You may not like her persona, but her music speaks for itself.
    Check out her song with a group of Australian kids (Wilcannia Mob) in "Mango Pickle Down River" off of Kala. I love that she brought these kids more exposure.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  90. easy

    For the guys who are sitting in their couches, zipping the beer thinking too smart- doesn't know abt the genocide of Tamils in Srilanka. Hirschberg article is the result of payements from lobbyist for the srilankan govt. So when MIA talks sings abt the violence its abt the daily life of her aunts and nieces being shredded into pieces and burnt by white phosporous. So lets not be too smart here....

    May 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Richardson

      If MIA wants to appeal to the world's conscience, her choice of tactics seems remarkably poor. Wrapping yourself up in the suffering of others while acting out like a self-absorbed fool is an old and ignoble act.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jorge Rodriguez

    Rapper? MIA is not a rapper, at least not in the traditional sense.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  92. James

    Rap is for people that cant sing or play a musical instrument.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSTIN

      Or for people who dont like to hear whiney people sing and there are plenty of "rappers" who use live instruments. Look at Zion-I, The roots, Jurrasic 5 for a few examples. Main steram rap for the most part is crappy auto tunes crap. You have to look deeper into genres to nkow what you are talking about.

      May 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obvious

      Don't you have a farm to tend to?

      May 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.A.P.

      Hillbilly alert!

      May 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  93. deforge

    loved the music until i saw her youtube posts and rants that lacked any logic of cohesion. Maya is an airhead.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUSTIN

      Who cares what she does outside of her music? Are musicians supposed to be scholars or something? And to the person who said she is a bad role model to kids then you probably shouldn't have kids. Musicians or any celebrity should never be looked at as a role model and if you kid is looking up to them as one then you arent to good of a parent. YOU ARE THE ROLE MODEL!

      May 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Tyrone Biggums

    What the heck? MIA is definitely not a rapper.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  95. JUSTIN

    If you do like her style you should also check out Lady Sovergn out of the UK a little more break beats mixed in with a clearer style.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Gerald

    Hirschberg is a ho bag, but at least you now know her number! 😉

    May 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  97. JUSTIN

    M.I.A. does some good work. Anyone in here hating does'nt know music. Listen to your top 40 crap. She would be considered "Garage" maybe a little 2step but she isn't a rapper more of a lyricist. Paper Airplanes was hott!. Stop hatin haters.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • C.A.P.

      Yes! Paper Airplanes WAS sick! Good call.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • alvino45

      Right on Justin. I saw MIA when she performed in Denver co and it was awesome. The energy in the crowd was unbelievable I most of the people hating haven't even heard her music let alone understand the message she is trying to get across. How dare these ass wholes defend the cesspool that is american journalism and media. Kudos to MIA for standing up for what she believes in.

      May 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Mike

    She is a ho-bag

    May 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  99. Terence

    Someone should tweet that washed up DJ's number? you know the brat in the piece? Anybody? No?

    May 28, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  100. jenny

    who is lynn hirschberg?

    May 28, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  101. Julie

    Serves Hirschberg right. Her piece sucks and is full of contradictions and french fries. ooooh BITE ME!

    May 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  102. Ed

    Someone should tweet Maya's phone number. Some foreigners are just so cruel.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  103. Commonsense

    OMG this person is the biggest train wreck EVER. Hirschberg is a great writer that this prostiute has no place in criticizing or insulting. Get back on the street where you belong

    May 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Obvious

      Let me guess, you are like 50 yrs. old? Stick to watching 227.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.A.P.

      Hirchberg might be a "good writer" but she is far from being a good objective journalist. She should go work for TMZ or Perez Hilton or some other stupid gossip rag along with the rest of Americas "journalists". I miss Walter Cronkite.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squirrel

      Geez, Commonsense... Lindsey Lohan kinda' ranks up there, doncha' think?

      Although as talent goes, they're both pretty rank IMHO.

      May 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Tall Ed

    Who is this person? Is her name Maya, or M.I.A.?
    Ever since I got a CD player in my car I haven't followed popular music too closely.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  105. Dan

    MIA's horrible live, all studio with little talent. She tries to overcome that fact with stuff like this....

    May 28, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  106. Chuck Reese

    Who is M.I.A.? (insert silence) Exactly! This is a non story.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Who is Chuck Reese? (insert silence)

      May 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lk1974

      @ let's be real, you are hilarious! I needed some laughs today and you have given them to me. Thank you!

      May 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • zippo

      let's be real, Let us be real. How many children actually look up to their parents as role models. Parents can be active in their childs lives but the parents also aren't partying, living in a mansion, decked out in designer clothes like people they see on TV. A kid will look one look at their parents lives, and then a look at the glamerous live of celebrities. Who do you think they want to emulate? This has nothing to do with lazy parents.. this is bad role models.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Two words for you zippo. PARENTAL CONTROLS. TV is garbage anyway... not going to be one of those people that suggests you go "outdoors and play sports with your children" or something, but as they suggest, there are other alternatives.

      Lk1974, no problem. If you were being sarcastic... uh well... no problem. 😛

      May 28, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  107. JohnW

    These are the role models for children of today. We should be very afraid!

    May 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      Or... instead of sitting on your butt doing nothing but making excuses and using scapegoats for your inability to raise children, you can be more proactive and work harder to raise your children to become solid individuals.

      I don't know what's worse... these "role models" or absent/lazy parents.

      May 28, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Exactly John! Well said! This very very very recent explosion of individuals who morally corrupt our children is out of control! What a new idea! I don't know where all these terrible, evil people our children just recently started look up to all of a sudden came from!

      Cmon John. Like poor role models haven't been in existence for millenia. Although I'm sure all of yours were pristine and uncorrupted.

      May 28, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Why can't they all admire Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Beatles like we did back in the day? My role model was Jerry Garcia.

      May 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Alex

    MIA is where her career will be in less than a year.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

    No matter what anyone says about M.I.A, I luv it when a hot-girl is all political and fighting for a cause. It makes her even hotter and everyone listens (sometimes). Listen to me with M.I.A @

    May 28, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Not hot. Not professional. If M.I.A. can't handle media scrutiny, she's in the wrong business. It appears that the journalist is handling the child-like response in stride and professionally... not even changing her number. Like an adult.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Radio



      May 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • No expert on looks but... think she's hot??? either you are blind or have a very poor judgement when it comes to beauty...I can take you to the slums that she came from in Jaffna Sri Lanka and show you girls who will blow your mind if you thing this girl of no talent is hot.

      May 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  110. skeep

    Please stop calling her a rapper. She is not a rapper. I don't even know how to classify her but calling her a rapper is like calling Blondie a rapper. It just isn't so.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |

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