Newswire: M.I.A. says her label won’t release her new video due to cultural appropriation

Pop music and cultural appropriation usually go together like Katy Perry and kimonos, but record labels may finally be wising up to the fact that there’s a difference between appreciating and appropriating a culture. Or, at the very least, they’re concerned about being perceived as culturally insensitive.

That seems to be at the heart of a new controversy involving M.I.A. The singer took to Twitter to criticize her label for refusing to release her latest music video because of “cultural appropriation.” Given that complex, nuanced topics don’t meld well with Twitter’s 140-character limit, it’s hard to get the full story. But apparently M.I.A. filmed a one-take video in the Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa that features a dancer who is “the best in the wide world.” It’s not immediately clear if the dancer is also from the region, but …

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