News__ M.I.A. Sort of Gets a “Sorry”
Looks like Lynn Hirschberg took the idea of "mash-up" too far. An editor's note has been added to the New York Times feature on M.I.A., in which she's depicted as a crude, politically incorrect brat. Turns out that some of the Sri-Lankan singer's controversial comments, like "Give war a chance," (regarding the civil war in Sri Lanka) were, "pieced together from unrelated points in the interview." Well jeez, nobody told us you could choose which soundbite goes where and when. Just mash together random sentences, slap on some quotation marks and voila: Celebrities will say anything you want, kinda. Also, turns out Hirschberger was the one that ordered the entrapping truffle-flavored fries.
Remember, this isn't Hirschberger's first time publishing falsified information. She was behind a 1992 Vanity Fair article that claimed a pregnant Courtney Love was still shooting heroin, leading to Love and then-husband Kurt Cobain losing custody of their child. Makes Hirschberg's whining about "unethical" Tweets seem a little hypocritical.
The editor's note is featured below.
"Editors' Note: June 3, 2010
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."