- 18 Jul 16
In an April interview, MIA made a few statements regarding the Black Lives Matter movement that many viewed as "critical," and now her remarks have resulted in her removal from her headliner slot in the Afropunk Fest in London.
After receiving their fair share of backlash from MIA's comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, the London Afropunk Fest released this announcement:
A message about AFROPUNK LONDON: pic.twitter.com/Zd5z2ToWuF
— AFROPUNK (@afropunk) July 15, 2016
In their statement, they wrote "after discussing the situation with the artist [MIA] and the community, a decision was agreed upon by all involved that MIA will no longer headline”.
In her interview back in April, MIA said:
"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.”
It was this comment that led many attendees of London's Afropunk Fest to request her removal from the show, which has now been granted.