M.I.A. Fries ‘New York Times’ Writer With New Song, Audio Clips

As critical as she might be of Google and Lady Gaga, M.I.A. hasn’t written a song about them. Journalist Lynn Hirschberg, however, is another matter. Still hopping mad over the way Hirschberg portrayed her in a brutal new New York Times magazine profile, M.I.A. (aka Maya Arulpragasm) took to her blog today to post a pair of audio clips from her interview with the writer and a new song, which is variably being called “I’m A Singer” or “Haters”. The song is intriguing, but its the audio clips that might do more to counter the magazine article’s depiction of M.I.A. as an hypocritical artist who claims to represent the underprivileged while dining on truffle-flavored french fries. Decide for yourself whether Hirschberg twisted her words.

In a fascinating bit of audio (posted on her blog under the heading “War Crimes And French Fries”), M.I.A. reveals it was Hirschberg – not her - who ordered the truffle fries when the two met at the posh Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills. J’accuse!

In the drowsy tune posted along with the sound bites (Pitchfork notes that it appears to sample the Various Production track “Hater”), M.I.A. seems to take aim at journalists in general, and maybe Hirschberg specifically, when she sings “You write your own reviews to get away with it… You’re a racist, I wouldn’t trust you one bit.”

Hear it for yourself:
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While music stars and media outlets alike have generally sided with Hirschberg, we wonder whether M.I.A.’s latest release will prompt anyone to take a fresh look at the article. And in any case, it’s your move, Lynn.

  • Paul Escobar

    This is the first article I’ve seen that actually mentions the audio clip.
    The rest just cite the song, as if a journalist lying means nothing.

    But even without the audio, the article itself is so obviously biased…it’s hard to imagine it convinced anyone outside of Lady Gaga fans.

    If you’re going to attack someones politics, you debate them on their actual positions. Instead, we got silly juxtapositions of Hirschberg’s long anecdotes with short/edited clips of Maya’s actual views. Like a sentence is allowed for M.I.A., then entire paragraphs are dedicated to the biased thinktank dude who disagrees with her.

    You can use that tactic on any celebrity…
    - Did you know George Clooney has sex with many women…while he claims to be against rape in Darfur?!
    - Did you know Sean Penn lives in a mansion, while he makes Haitians in his relief camp sleep in cramped tents?
    - Did you know Oliver Stone hates capitalism…but his dad was a banker?

    Only conservative bloggers accept this logic without ridicule.

  • Paul Escobar


    Seriously, you can’t say: “Music stars are generally supporting Hirschberg”…
    When the only musician you’ve cited is Pharrell Williams.

    That’s like saying the entire acting industry hates Angelina Jolie because Jennifer Aniston’s got issues.

    Also, that Usher & Beiber pic your site is displaying…reminds me of R. Kelly & Aaliyah…or Michael Jackson & that Home Alone kid. Basically, gross.

  • http://twitter.com/BrandonJovan Brandon Hall

    Wow you just dropped the gauntlet and I loved it epic win on all accounts.

  • http://www.miauk.com Graham

    Paul, this is the greatest two comments I think I’ve ever read on a blog. Lynn hirschberg can eat a dick. A moldy one.

    The “song” is just M.I.A. rapping two verses over underground club song “Hater” by the Group “Various”.

  • http://www.miauk.com Graham

    But it is a good track nonetheless. I can’t wait for her album and for HARD LA