Now that the controversy around her Super Bowl appearance is dying down, British rapper M.I.A. is stirring up another one. This time, she's taking aim at Anderson Cooper.
It all started Wednesday night, when M.I.A. tweeted about a new documentary on Britain's Channel 4, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields. The feisty MC, whose parents are from the Southeast Asian country, encouraged her fans to watch the film about the Tamil Tigers, a controversial rebel alliance with which her father was said to be associated.
And then, things got ugly: “someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong,” she tweeted, later adding, “@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening.”
“What are you talking about?” Cooper tweeted back immediately. “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…By the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I’ve no idea what youre tweeting about.”
"YOU CALLED ME A LADY TAMIL TIGER when I talked about Tamil civilians dying, and u printed a retraction," the Sri Lankan beauty fired back. “In 2009 u linked to a articl that was written about me with false info. there was a rebuttal on ur 360 site…2 months later 1ce every tamil had been silenced including me, the SLGOV carried out the killing of 40, 000 civilians.”
Cooper, keeping his cool, responded: “you’ve gone from saying ‘I wrote’, ‘I called you,’ to saying my cnn show blog had a link to an article. Big difference…we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond. I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I’m glad you were able to respond.”
Um, yeah. Looks like that's game-set-match for the newsman. But rather than gloating, Cooper sent one more diplomatic tweet to the politically-charged rapper. “The brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that’s very upsetting.”
M.I.A. responded: “im glad u understand but please watch #killingfield because this is what i was trying to say.”
She then added, "P.S thank you for defending my finger."
Thanks to the Twitter sparring match between the two celebs, a lot more people will likely watch Sri Lanka's Killing Fields after all. So, everybody wins?
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