MIA’s NSFW New Video – Shock Value

Shouty UK based provocateur MIA has made her controversial politica views very clearly known, both in her music and in the media, and her new video for the track ‘Born Free’ is a Swiftian satire (or perhaps that should be Morrisian), seeming to single out America for very strong criticism on foreign policy, but decrying racism more generally.

It’s impossible to disagree with the sentiment – prejudice and racism are universally execrable – but to what extent is the rapper using the ‘shocking’ content of her video to transmit a message, and how much is for the purposes of increasing her own notoriety? Whatever the case, the idea in the video is unoriginal: British comedienne Catherine Tate has already covered this issue in a somewhat less ultraviolent manner – see the vid below.

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