Published May 12, 2010There's nothing controversial about a video showing adolescents being rounded up, driven out to the middle of nowhere and being either shot or made to run through a mine field, right? Well, that's what M.I.A. is saying in regards to her much-talked-about "Born Free" video. As far as she's concerned, teen superstar Justin Bieber is much more offensive.
M.I.A.'s Romain Gavras-directed video, which also features nudity and - perhaps most offensive of all - is nine minutes long, was pulled from YouTube last month. But she says she's puzzled as to why there's so much talk around the video.
"I find the new Justin Bieber video more violent and more of an assault to my eyes and senses than what I've made," she told NME.
Bieber? But he's so cute! With those puffy vests and going on dates with Miley Cyrus and being all office dad and all that jazz. Okay, so maybe M.I.A. was just using him as a random example; she says that she's just confused about why people are trying to figure out the meaning of the video. Hey, we hear ya: you probably released a nine-minute video full of shocking images just so people wouldn't talk about it, no doubt.
"It baffles me that everyone seems to be obsessed with deciphering the meaning to it," M.I.A. continued. "It baffles me in the same way as the Brick Lane riot for American Apparel leggings baffled me. We don't know what the process is for this one yet. I haven't thought about it yet and I don't want to have to."
Check out the (admittedly, well-made and powerful) video for "Born Free" here.
Catch some Bieber fever below: