Sounds like The Times can’t take the heat…..On Thursday, The New York Times Magazine posted some lengthy revisions to a controversial article that sparked the ire of British-Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A.
The Grammy-nominated “Paper Planes” hitmaker, 34, has been involved in a bitter battle with celebrity journalist Lynn Hirschberg over an unflattering profile that appeared in the publication last weekend. Furious over being portrayed as a spoiled faux activist, M.I.A used the world wide web to wage war against Hirschberg. After Tweeting the writer’s phone number and bashing her own line, M.I.A. immortalized her hatred for The Times in a diss track called “I’m a Singer (Haters).”
After a week of bickering, The Times is crying “Uncle:”
“The cover article in The Times Magazine on Sunday profiled the singer and political activist M.I.A. While discussing her efforts to draw attention to the civil war in her home country, Sri Lanka, she was quoted as saying: ‘I wasn’t trying to be like Bono. He’s not from Africa — I’m from there. I’m tired of pop stars who say, ‘Give peace a chance.’ I’d rather say, ‘Give war a chance.’ The whole point of going to the Grammys was to say, ‘Hey, 50,000 people are gonna die next month, and here’s your opportunity to help.’ And no one did. While M.I.A. did make those remarks, she did not make the entire statement at the same point in the interview, or in the order in which it was presented. The part that begins, ‘The whole point of going to the Grammys,’ up to the end of the quotation, actually came first. The part that begins, ‘I wasn’t trying to be like Bono,’ and ends, ‘Give war a chance,’ came later in the same interview. The article should have made clear that the two quotations came from different parts of the interview.”