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Released on Monday, removed from YouTube the same day, reinstated with an "age restriction", then taken down once more (and possibly for good) on Tuesday. The life of MIA's new video seems destined to be a nasty, brutish and short one. Unlike the video itself, which at nine minutes of gruelling, dystopian terror, is nasty, brutish and quite long.
Originally posted by FlightOfTheNavigator
Honestly I paid more attention to the video than the lyrics, the few that there were. And I must say as graphic as the video was I enjoyed it. Do you think this is why America is hated?
Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
This video to me plays like a movie. Rather then a music video. If you read up M.I.A's life you can tell she comes from a large political background and she's one of the few celebrities to know something about world politics.
Though it is absolutely par for the course that MIA would put out this kind of controversial material, the track is by far the best thing about the video. It's a boost for director Romain Gavras, son of political filmmaker Constantinos, but a convenient "appetiser" for his forthcoming Redheads - a feature-length film on the same themes as the Born Free video.
Originally posted by serbsta
The scene where they made the red headed people run reminded me of the scene from Apocalypto where they made their captives run while they threw spears at them... in this clip the red head ends up being caught and beaten to death, while in Apocalypto he gets away.