MIA has addressed the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, saying that the issue is “not a new thing” while urging for leading celebrities to show the same support for the migrant crisis.
The 40 year-old musician, who was born in England but raised in Sri Lanka, has spoke to London Evening Standard‘s ES Magazine in a new interview. She was asked about Black Lives Matter and Beyoncé’s politically-charged Super Bowl performance, which MIA admitted she hadn’t seen.
“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter,” she said. “It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s.”
MIA went on to add: “Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. And you cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”
Elsewhere in the interview, MIA discussed growing up in Sri Lanka and living through a civil war. The singer said she never thought she would escape Sri Lanka with her life.
“I feel like I should have died a long time ago,” she said. “I’m surprised I’m still alive, to be honest. I came from war. When I was growing up I didn’t really think I’d live beyond about 25… I never thought I would be old enough to drive or have a house or raise a child. Having to do it is really difficult.”
MIA recently teamed up with H&M, penning her new song ‘Rewear It’ for World Recycle Week, which takes place this week (from April 18-24). The clothing chain is encouraging customers to recycle unwanted clothes at its stores.