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M.I.A.'s YouTube Fiasco

Posted Tuesday April 27, 2010 12:30 PM GMT

Not one to sit idly, M.I.A. recently lashed out at her label, Universal Music Group, only to take back her words.

The singer was speaking out for her violent, genocide-themed YouTube video “Born Free,” which was taken off the site just a few hours after being released on Monday.

Referencing her label, Universal Music Group, the unhappy M.I.A. tweeted, “ F--- UMG WHO WON'T SHOW IT ON YOUTUBE! FOR THE U.S.”

But the singer then took back her comments after realizing the video was removed by YouTube, not UMG, saying, “OK, NOT UMG FAULT!”

The video for the song was directed by Romain Gavras and shows the U.S. as a fascist police state, with S.W.A.T. teams raiding a downtown Los Angeles apartment. The cops round up redheaded men then send them to a deserted island to execute them in violent ways, one including a boy hit by a bomb.

M.I.A. has always been surrounded with controversy for her work and views. A YouTube rep says the video violated the sites terms of use due to "gratuitous violence."

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