It's no secret that producer Diplo doesn't back singer M.I.A. like he used to. While the guy was once M.I.A.'s boyfriend and helped craft a number of her early hits, he's been critical of the singer for quite some time now. He previously called the artist's last album, ///Y/, a "turd" and now he's attacking the performer on her politics, or lack thereof.
A recent interview found Diplo questioning M.I.A.'s political credibility, suggesting she's not as informed as she presents herself.
"She's not an easy artist to criticize because she's very left-leaning, she's progressive, she's a woman. She's good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to diehard, facts-on-the-ground politics, she's at zero. She's nothing," he told WWD.
Diplo added that he feels M.I.A.'s terrorism fetish has, rightfully, got her into some hot water with fans and critics.
"I told her at the beginning of the third record, like, do not bring politics into this. Obama's the president, for one. You just can't glamorize terrorism, it's not cool. You can't hide behind that shit. But she totally did."
It doesn't look like M.I.A. will be seeking advice, personally or artistically, from her former partner anymore; the two no longer speak to each other.
"No one in my camp talks to her anymore," Diplo confirmed of the situation. "She's kind of really gone crazy."
Of course, that photo above depicts much happier times.
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