In a matter of a few days, this video has been banned by YouTube, which in 2010 makes a much bigger impact than being “banned by MTV”. Really, MTV has Snooki, their quality control was lost years ago.
Nonetheless, M.I.A. has created a music video for “Born Free” that has a heavy message with some arguably harsh imagery which may not be pleasing to some. Then again, the imagery is a punch in the face like the music itself, very punk rock and honest. Even Green Day were never this harsh.
The M.I.A. video was directed by Romain Gavras, the banning will no doubt shed a bit of light on him and his previous works. As for anyone who doubted M.I.A. for her recent comments about Lady Gaga, they’re now like Bonnie Raitt since they’re now being given something else to talk about, and it’s not love. I love the video and the metaphors it touches on.