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MIA’s “Born Free”: A Powerful Statement

8 Jun

British music phenom MIA’s recent video, “Born Free”, has been labeled everything from ‘shocking’ to ‘controversial’, ‘politically charged’ to ‘thought-provoking’.

The nearly nine-minute-long clip serves as a catalyst for exposing the terrors of war. It’s undeniably powerful, a lurid parable on the systematic ethnic cleansing that goes on all over the world (in many shapes and forms). It’s an unflinching exploration of this reality, as exacted upon red-headed, fair-skinned citizens of a fictional state.

Though boldly explicit, MIA has brought into the open what has been almost a taboo subject. “Born Free” is a direct assault against racial profiling, genocide and state oppression which still sadly exist – in the 21st century! It’s also a not-so-subtle allegory of the conditions faced by ethnic Tamils today in Sri Lanka.

YouTube removed the clip due to its graphic content on the day it was released, triggering an avalanche of publicity. Isn’t this a video the world needs to see? “Born Free” compels viewers to question their own apathy, essentially asking:

What if this happened to you?

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Love is a battlefield – the (men’s) rules of engagement

16 May

I sat across the table from a young man who had brought up an interesting question. The boy could have been no older than 21 and had started his first “real” relationship two years ago. However he had recently met somebody else and was now seeking the advice of the rest of the table as to how he should make his mind up about which one to keep. A few heads on the table had turned to me when the question was brought up. Those heads belonged to friends of mine, both male and female, who knew I had created my own little set of principles which govern what to do in this particularly dangerous front in the battle of the sexes. They also knew that I relished opportunities like this one to educate the little ones. Continue reading