M.I.A.’s “Born Free” Video Banned from YouTube

M.I.A. has dropped the video for her first single off her June 29th release, but you won’t be able to catch it on YouTube.  According to a statement by the artist on Monday via Twitter, the video was banned due to graphic violence.

M.I.A has always used her art to give voice to her political views, and the nine-minute video for Born Free released Monday, depicts a dystopian society of genocide.  But in this vision, the people targeted are not hunted for their religious views, their sexual orientation, or even their skin color.  Instead, the young men and boys in this video are singled-out for their auburn hair.  Yes, discrimination for any reason is absurd, as Born Free’s director Romain Gavras, points out, but one must question whether the video is violent for violence’s sake.

You be the judge!  Let us know what you think, does the video raise awareness or just raise eyebrows?


M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

In related news, M.I.A. also used yesterday’s controversy as an opportunity to announce a preliminary track listing for her upcoming release.  See those tracks below:

M.I.A. – Title Unknown  – Due June 29th

1)      The Message

2)      Born Free

3)      Meds and Feds

4)      Lovealot

5)      Tequila

6)      It Is What It Is

7)      XXXO

8)      Tell Me Why

9)      Story Told

10)   Space

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04 2010

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  1. J H-Town #

    Stunning video! I Can’t wait for the new album.

  2. J H-Town #

    To answer your question I think the video raises awareness. When I think of violent for violence’s sake I think of those Saw movies. This is a conceptual representation of what is going on the real world.


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