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MTV vs. Martial Law

Posted by dancehallhips on August 22, 2008

‘Tis the season to get political, so I thought MTV’s latest outcry might stir up a good conversation (or, in the very least, bring some conspiracy theorists out of the woodwork).

The popular music network has recently released commercials depicting modern day Martial Law in the United States, making comparisons to 20th century/WWII concentration camps:

As much as MTV is a medium for America’s youth, their opinions, and their politics, I was a little taken aback by these commercials. They’re certainly thought provoking, but it’s sort of shocking to see such a large entity produce an ad/concept that might otherwise be labelled conspiracy hogwash.

Should there be a concern over the state of our nation when MTV is warning us? Or do you think the commericals was done for shock value, to put an edge on an otherwise dulling teen-fueled, reality show-centric network?

(Original Featured on Three Imaginary Girls)

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M.I.A. and the Art of Terrorism

Posted by dancehallhips on August 6, 2008

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M.I.A.’s “Kala” was my favorite album of last year, and she’s one of the few artist I’ve actually enjoyed watching blow up onto the mainstream; I find myself turning up the TV whenever there’s a commercial for Pineapple Express.

It turns out Sri-Lankan hip-hopper DeLon seems to think she’s more into “blowing up” than you think. DeLon posted a “Paper Planes” video diss via YouTube linking M.I.A.’s imagery to the terrorist group Tiger Tamils of Eelam (LTTE).

According the video, the LTTE “perfected the use of suicide bombers, invented the suicide belt, pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks, murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone, and assassinated two world leaders.”

Sure, DeLon took the time to splice in gruesome suicide bomber clips and write a witty diss to “open” people’s eyes to M.I.A., but when you break the video down, the hip-hopper really only has one talking point: she uses tigers in her imagery something the LTTE does as well.

In 2001, M.I.A. began exhibiting her spraypaint and stencil artwork inspired by the Tamil rebellion movement. It featured what else, tigers, among other Sri Lankan imagery such as palm trees, camouflage, bombs, and guns. This whole tiger-“terrorist chic” is nearly a decade old, already.

So is M.I.A. really supporting a terrorist organization in her artwork?

Whatever the case may be, DeLon’s video has been yanked off YouTube after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Interscope for “endangering M.I.A.’s reputation as a freedom fighter.”

DeLon is now suing the label for violating his First Amendment Rights. If I learned anything in Communication Law I’d say a defamation lawsuit from her end of things would be just as appropriate; it seems like a cease-and-desist letter was reasonable enough.

If you’d like, DeLon has provided a downloadable copy of the highly graphic video here.

BONUS:

M.I.A. – “Paper Planes (Original Chorus)” (alt 1) (alt 2)

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Fleet Foxes on Letterman

Posted by dancehallhips on August 5, 2008

In case you missed it, Fleet Foxes made their network TV debut on David Letterman last night, performing “Blue Ridge Mountains.” Even though I had just seen them a week earlier, I was still shocked to see how spectacular their harmonies sounded. It’s refreshing to see a band perform that crisp and calculated on a one-song musical guest appearance.

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