M.I.A. Says Oprah Tried to Shun her at a Party
Rolling Stone recently interviewed “Paper Planes” artist, M.I.A. for the tenth anniversary of her debut album, Arular, but the interview took an unexpected turn when she slammed Oprah for allegedly shunning her at a party.
M.I.A., whose birth name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, has been very vocal about the oppression of her native Sri Lankan Tamil people.
She recalled the time when she attempted to discuss the Tamil oppression with Oprah, but was turned away and shunned by the media mogul at Times’ “Most Influential People of the 21st Century” party in 2009.
"Yeah, she didn't talk to me. She shut me down," M.I.A. said of Winfrey. "She took that photo of me, but she was just like, 'I can't talk to you because you're crazy and you're a terrorist.' And I'm like, 'I'm not. I'm a Tamil and there are people dying in my country and you have to like look at it because you're f--king Oprah and every American told me you're going to save the world.”
So far, Oprah has not responded publicly to M.I.A.’s comments, but it seems unusual of Oprah to act that way when she is known to discuss many controversial topics.
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