News: M.I.A. Clashes W/ CNN's Anderson Cooper, "[You] Called Me A Terrorist For Speaking Out"

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 1:45PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Infamous raptress and self-proclaimed "Bad Girl", M.I.A., is once again making headlines a month after her finger flicking stint at Super Bowl '12, now taking aim at CNN reporter Anderson Cooper

Taking shots at Cooper through Twitter, M.I.A. called him out for allegedly making terrorist-related statements about her.

"@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out , and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening," she tweeted March 14th.
"someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong #killingfields"
"@andersoncooper YOU CALLED ME A LADY TAMIL TIGER when i talked about tamil civilians dying, and u printed a retraction"
"@andersoncooper in 2009 u linked to a articl that was written about me with false info. there was a rebuttal on ur 360 site." (M.I.A.'s Twitter)

Her comments eventually caught Cooper's attention, but not without sparking initial confusion.

"What are you talking about? RT @MIAuniverse: @AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out , and expressed support for the SLgov," he tweeted back.
"@miauniverse, you are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don't even know who you are other than the lady who sang at superbowl."
"@miauniverse. by the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I've no idea what youre tweeting about."
"@miauniverse you've gone from saying "I wrote", "I called you," to saying my cnn show blog had a link to an article. Big difference"
"@miauniverse we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond."
"@miauniverse I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I'm glad you were able to respond."
"@miauniverse ....and the brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that very upsetting." (Anderson Cooper's Twitter)

The rapper shortly responded to Cooper's remarks and let down her guard.

"@andersoncooper p.s thank you for defending my finger , please watch Channel4 #killingfields by @jonsnowC4 .," she tweeted back.
"@andersoncooper im glad u understand but please watch #killingfields because this is what i was trying to say." (M.I.A.'s Twitter)

M.I.A.'s main issue apparently stemmed from a 2009 incident when Cooper's blog cited a post from another writer who targeted M.I.A..

MIA responded to the article on the "AC360" blog. She wrote that it was widely understood that "Paper Planes" was a song about immigration, and that she does not support terrorist organizations. She also addressed her father, who she said was never a member of the Tamil Tigers, and that he retired from politics in the 1990s when he could not broker a peace agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers. "My father had no influence on my political beliefs and to imply otherwise is wrong and irresponsible. In a 2005 interview with the Guardian newspaper I explain how I was raised as though my father was 'dead' and that he had no influence of my development," MIA wrote. (Huffington Post)

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