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Afropunk’s inaugural festival in London will take place in late September. But as of today, it will do so without its former headliner, M.I.A. The Sri Lankan singer took to Twitter to announce she had pulled out of the festival after backlash following her comments on the Black Lives Matter movement:
Some festivalgoers had threatened to boycott the festival if M.I.A. performed, incensed at the singer’s insinuation that too much attention is being paid to the BLM movement, while violence against Muslims and refugees goes underreported.
We’ve reached out to the Afropunk organizers to see whether M.I.A.’s tweets really mean she won’t play. But she’s already received support from another opinionated musician, Azealia Banks. Banks shared an image of M.I.A. on Instagram with a passionate caption that began, “Leave M.I.A the fuck alone.”
Leave M.I.A the fuck alone. You guys are idiots and have COMPLETELY missed the point of what she's trying to tell you. THIS IS A BLACK PERSON. SriLankans/Indians are BLACK. U guys keep for getting that black is not something we share as an ethnicity it's something we share as a GLOBAL STRUGGLE. Everything/Everyone that is on the opposite side of the Aryan/Christian/Zionist world supremacy agenda has been marked as BLACK. And has been marked FOR DEATH. This includes, Africans, Indians, African Americans, Arabs, Muslims, south East Asians, aboriginal people, ETC. you motherfuckers DONT GET IT. m.I.a is trying to explain this deeply complex idea to you all with examples of current events but the LIBERAL MEDIA has its dick so far down you sheeples throats that you can't even understand what she's saying. SHES TELLING YOU THAT HER PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING JUST AS OURS ARE. LEAVE MAYA THE FUCK ALONE AND LET HER DO HER PERFORMANCE. FOR FUCKS SAKE. (Ps: no one said Muslim is an ethnicity! Just like "black" isn't !)