In the tweet posted last week, M.I.A. questioned what it would be like if the hiphop industry “Harvey Weinsteined” people:
Netizens quickly called out the singer, with one reminding that she is merely “a guest” in the genre so she should “let Black folks sort that out.”
While its demographic is gradually changing, hip hop is still considered a “Black” genre, according to Uproxx.
M.I.A., who is of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, has since been accused of raising anti-Black sentiments.
In late August, rapper Azealia Banks claimed that she is trying to take credit for Black culture while being “clearly quite anti-Black”:
M.I.A. also faced criticism last year after saying that Black Lives Matter was the only problem talked about in the US, calling on celebrities such as Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar to highlight the issues of other groups.
She told the Evening Standard:
“It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s.
“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 onan American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.”
M.I.A.’s Harvey Weinstein comment particularly caught the attention of columnist Jamilah Lemeiux, who fired a thread that called it “a Black women’s problem”:
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