Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Listening Post



Within a period of only 48 hours, this has become the one video that it seems like just about everyone is talking about -- and with good reason.

Shocking, incendiary, and flat-out excellent -- it's M.I.A.'s Born Free.

19 comments:

Donal said...

I've been arguing about this vid on other sites. Some people are very annoyed at having to actually think about something unpleasant.

The Bacon said...

That's nine minutes of my life I will never get back.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Gratuitously unpleasant? What's the point, that armed forces killing is (um) unpleasant? (= shocking as hell)

It's like that ginger episode of South Park, but gone bad, real bad.

dammitjanet said...

As the mother of a beautiful red-haired daughter and the grandmother of a little red-headed bundle of a boy, I am, disturbed, to say the least.

wow....

Jim said...

Filmed in Arizona?

60ft6in said...

I was a draft dodger--I enlisted in the US Air Force (1970-1974). The army did not draft me! M.I.A. is depicting forced conscription here. This video is so 20th century. Where is the cell-phone early warning system counter attack? Shucks, electronic counter-measures would neutralize the cell-phone coconut wireless.

Krissy said...

For the first two minutes I wasn't sure where this video was going but, wow. Definitely unsettling.

@Bacon -

I doubt anyone forced you to watch the nine minute video so if you feel like you wasted your time, well, sucks to be you.

Max said...

Not bad. It's hard for me to be shocked music video-wise after growing up in the age of NIN. My only compliant is that I'm sick of America being the big bad when it comes to evil government acts. I'm as self loathing as the next guy, and maybe I'm just tired after how our last Presidential tragedy screwed up our rep, but this kind of thing actually happens in other countries (Africa) and I can't remember the last time I saw America commit a form of genocide. Unless Arizona takes an extra step.

m said...

It's a frame-by-frame rip-off...like Santogold's "tribute" to Holy Mountain.

MIA has to make "sensational" videos, otherwise nobody would want to listen to her boring, irrelevant music. It sounds just like Atari Teenage Riot - light.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067633/

Deacon Blue said...

@ Max,

Point taken, but when one considers how insidiously we abuse and misuse our own citizens, increasingly over the decades after some gains in past decades (worker's rights, civil rights, etc.), something like this should also be an object lesson in how easily it is to slide into evil territory.

It doesn't usually happen with a sudden bang, but with a series of steps that go unchallenged.

Right now, here in the U.S., we're seeing race relations going backward, not forward, and it could get a lot worse.

Are we the worst nation? No. But we are a nation that should know better and do better, and we're slipping back to old and bad ways.

Mart said...

I think there are several minorities in Iraq that might have some thoughts on the last American induced "ethnic cleansing".

Alanna said...

Holy fuck. I've got blisters on my eyes.

Anonymous said...

meh. As a 52 yo I have been exposed to the same basic expression 1,000 times in my life. See, if we round up red-heads it doesn't make any sense, so why does it make sense to round up [fill in the blanks]
Ok, I get it. But something new, something intellectually challenging? Ah, sorry, but no.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't this the video project that the goth guys did in the 7th grade?

Max said...

@ Deacon Blue,

Sure, but shouldn't every nation, or better yet human, by this time "know" better? I have a feeling citizens of other countries are misused and abused, just ask middle eastern females.

Not to argue that we can do better and seem to be sliding a bit lately, but we are also making strides in other directions and I guess it strikes sort of "unimaginative" to me to use America as the bad guy due to us being a superpower. Why not England, they tend to to treat gingers terribly anyway.

I like redheads myself, and if they ever thought of rounding up Christina Hendricks to be part of a "cleansing" then they'd have a war coming to them.

Deacon Blue said...

You know, Max, I just did the Wikipedia thing and only just now realized M.I.A is British.

So, in that respect I might be inclined to agree with you. Had this been an American artist, I would have said it made perfect sense to target one's own nation in the video.

Donal said...

But the Brits have far less influence than the US now. We were raised to see our country as a force for good in the world, but a lot of violent regimes have been propped up by the US, their tiny aristocracies taking a generous cut off our foreign aid.

WillHungover said...

Not very cool Murray.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

HOO BOY!
Apparently, this video is a teaser for a movie of Gavras's, Redheads, due to come out. (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/apr/28/mia-bornfree-youtube)