Rapper MIA denied entry to U.S.
According to Asians in Media magazine, the popular Sri Lankan-born, London-based rapper MIA has been "denied a visa to visit or work" in America by immigration officials. Lame, but not so surprising, really, given the current political climate. No one knows why, exactly, the musician is being denied entry -- best guess is her sometimes-controversial lyrics, like those for the song "Sunshowers," which allegedly "express vague support for the terrorist organisation LTTE." (Some sample lyrics: "it's a bomb yo/so run yo/put away your stupid gun yo /'cos we see through like a protocol call/ that's why we blow it up 'fore we goÃ¢â‚¬Â¦")
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Or maybe it's because of her father, who -- as MIA's stated in interviews -- retains ties to Sri Lankan politics (I thought he was some sort of rebel fighter, but my internet is acting up so I'm unable to confirm that right now).
You can read MIA's grammatically questionable, but rather funny account of being kept out of the USA on her Myspace blog:
Roger roger do you here me over!!!! the U.S immigration wont let me in!!!!! Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Now Im strictly making my album outside the borders!!!!
"so il see you all one day, for now ill keep reportin from the sidelines. to my people who walk wiv me in the America, dont forget we got the internet! Spread the word! or come get me!!!!!! ill be in my bird flu lab in china! liming and drinkin tiger beer with my pet turtel.