You’re So Lame Award of Shame – Bill Maher

When musician M.I.A. announced on Twitter that she was appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher I was looking forward to the interview. I had been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the interview with Tavis Smiley which occurred in February shortly before she gave birth to her first child. I felt confident that Maher’s skill would result in an equally engaging segment.
Boy was I wrong! M.I.A. has a lot of patience because I would’ve had to clamp my arm from reaching out and smacking Maher over his misogynist tirade, talking about her baby weight and making light of the very serious ramifications over the Sri Lanka Civil War. You know Bill Maher is a smart guy but he’s blatantly antagonistic in indulging his misogyny. 
She has some important details to discuss and has made it the base of her music which should be lauded. Considering all of the foolishness in rap music where people dance to the beat of destruction, it’s nice to hear an artist who discusses something of such importance and makes it compelling to a mass audience. So I guess she realizes the advantage to enduring a few minutes of his nonsense to get a larger message out, but he deserves to be sent to the corner for trying to diminish that.

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M.I.A. Interview Must See

As long as Tavis Smiley sticks to his interesting interview choices he’s alright. When he tries to make celebrities out of bloggers or dictate the movement of political candidates is where things go off the rails. Here’s proof you can be female, a hip-hop artist, have bangin’ beats without the misogyny and materialism. You can be an artist that doesn’t shy away from serious political commentary and your lyrics can have deep meaning. You don’t have to be relegated to the underground or unknown status either. You can also be a mommy! Oh and you can also put on a rockin’ live show!! 
Video for Paper Planes with lyrics here.
Bucky Done Gone
It still gives me pause to repeat lyrics about soldiers knocking down the walls to your house to kill you while nodding my head to a good beat. 

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