M.I.A. Dropped from Music Festival After Controversial Comments About Black Lives Matter
M.I.A. will no longer headline the Afropunk Festival after her controversial statements on the Black Lives Matter movement
“After discussing the situation with the artist and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that M.I.A will no longer headline Afropunk London,” festival organizers said in a statement on Friday. “This community is something we are incredibly proud of, and this community will always be a priority for us.”
Reps for M.I.A. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In April, M.I.A. gave a statement to London’s Evening Standard about Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl performance, saying the Black Lives Matter movement was similar to what Public Enemy and Lauryn Hill were saying in the ’80s and ’90s.
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“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter?” she said. “Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That s a more interesting question.”
“And you cannot ask it on a song that s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back,” she continued.
In June, she anticipated her removal from the festival, tweeting “Sorry I’m not doing Afropunk. I’ve been told to stay in my lane.”
The Festival, which has been held in Brooklyn, New York, since 2005 and is being held in London for the first time this year, will name a new headliner on July 19. The event kicks off September 24.