French have taken offence at the star altering their team shirt to display a political message
MIA spoken out about a legal dispute between French football club Paris Saint Germain and herself over her recent ‘Borders’ video.
The ‘Borders’ video was released in November and sees MIA donning the team’s jersey, altered to display a political message.
The clip sees MIA join a group of refugees as they travel across the sea in boats and climb fences, while she reels off the lines: “Politics / What’s up with that? / Police shots / What’s up with that? / Identities / What’s up with that? / Your privilege / What’s up with that? / Broke people / What’s up with that? / Boat people / What’s up with that?”
The video also shows MIA wearing a PSG shirt with its sponsor Fly Emirates changed to read “Fly Pirates”. It is this that the club seem to have taken objection to.
In a letter sent to MIA and her label Universal, posted online by MIA, PSG write: “More than being surprised, we simply do not understand why we are associated, through our logo and the official jersey of our team’s players, to such denunciation. This association is all the more hard to understand that nothing in our activities and in our daily initiatives suggests we have anything to do with the problems highlighted by MIA”.
In a series of tweets posted in response to the letter, MIA said: “When I make videos I end up on hit lists not end of year lists why?”. See MIA’s tweets in full below.
Watch MIA’s video for ‘Borders’ beneath. The song will feature on MIA’s next album ‘Matahdatah’.