Quote of the Day: M.I.A.’s Politics Suddenly Raising Eyebrows

“Frankly, she’s very lucky to get away with supporting, even indirectly, perhaps the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world.”

– Suresh Jayawickrama, a songwriter from Colombo, from a piece in the New York Times about M.I.A.’s controversial support of the Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka’s long-running civil war. Last month M.I.A. told PBS’s Tavis Smiley that as “the only Tamil in the Western media” she has “a really great opportunity to sort of bring forward what’s going on in Sri Lanka.” What we’re wondering is why the Times decided to write about this now — maybe they just wanted one more chance to run that preggo Grammy pic?