Published May 27, 2010As we've recently learned, nothing good can come of pissing off M.I.A.. After blasting both Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, the Sri Lankan-born electronic genre-hopper has now turned her attention on another target: New York Times writer Lynn Hirschberg.
After reading Hirschberg's 8,000-word profile about her, M.I.A. was none too pleased with the unseemly light the piece threw her under. The article, which carefully examined the contradictions between M.I.A.'s words and actions, her politics and her lifestyle, and, well, her private life, featured pretty unflattering commentary both from her producer, Diplo, and "Born Free" video director Roman Gavras. It also contained quotes from M.I.A. saying things that were either very candid, or very misquoted.
Either way, M.I.A. is now understandably rankled, and this morning (May 27), took to her Twitter account, posting this:
917.834.3158 CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches ;)
Of course, the phone number is not M.I.A.'s - it's Hirschberg's, whose voicemail is obviously now full. We suspect that she will indeed be "taking calls all day."
As we previously reported, M.I.A.'s new album, / / / Y / , is due July 13.
UPDATE: In an interview with the New York Observer, Lynn Hirschberg has reacted to M.I.A.'s rant/phone number proliferation.
Hirschberg, who is obviously aware of the candid nature of her piece, is puzzled by the singer's reaction to it. "I find it kind of interesting that she would cast the spotlight on the story in any way, shape or form," said Ms. Hirschberg. "I can't say what she thinks of it. But it seems you would want it to go away."
Hirschberg called the phone number tweet "a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don't think it's surprising. She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative."
Despite finding it "infuriating," Hirschberg has opted not to change her phone number, humourously offering that "the messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.," and that "if she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number."
M.I.A. has also added another juicy layer to the story, again via her Twitter account. "NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!!" she tweeted, to which Hirschberg plainly responded "I have no idea what she's talking about."
The plot thickens!