jun 3

Sorta Kinda Maybe Correction

NYT posts correction on M.I.A. story.


But the truffle fry statement stands?!

The article was in general a cheap shot, from my point of view. So she's a bit naive and stays in a nice house and can (now) afford to go to decent restaurants, all while expressing sympathies for the economically and politically disenfranchised. Big deal, Lynn Hirschberg.

posted by adm at 12:59 PM on June 3, 2010

I also thought it was 80% cheap shot. Or put another way, I felt that you could write a profile like this about anyone, if you so desired. It didn't really reveal anything about M.I.A. as much as it did about humans.

posted by Rex at 1:02 PM on June 3, 2010

And as for that more-than-decent restaurant where the truffle-fry kerfuffle took place, the NYT picked up the tab for that, at least if Lynn Hirschberg didn't violate the NYT's ethics policies. Not that MIA can't afford it on her on, but those were NYT-purchased truffle fries that MIA got smeared with there.....

posted by Pedro at 4:00 PM on June 3, 2010

I agree, Rex, and I guess the thing that makes it a cheaper-than-usual shot is that MIA has *earned* it. She really does know what it's like to come from nothing, whereas all the other pop starlets and so on who speak on behalf of the unprivileged from a position of privilege really have no idea what they're talking about. I think a lot about her Pitchfork interview where she says (paraphrasing), "I went from a mud hut to here in 15 years fucking flat."

As far as I'm concerned, if you lived in a mud hut in a country where your dad was part of something that can be called a "separatist movement," you've pretty much already earned the right to the occasional preachy outburst and/or truffle fry.

posted by adm at 10:26 PM on June 3, 2010

I have only known Maya from youtube videos and all I can say is I like her style

Six Figure Yearly

posted by schimdth at 1:28 PM on June 23, 2010

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