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.