"> Name: Controversial rap artist unable to get visa to enter United States

Date:  2006-present

Location:  North America



Artist: The rap artist M.I.A. (Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam)

Confronting Bodies: United States Immigration Officials

Date of Action: May, 2006

Specific Location: United States

Description of Artwork: M.I.A.'s rap songs often contain controversial lyrics including references to suicide bombers and to the political group, Tamil Tigers.

Description of Incident: M.I.A. was supposed to come to the United States to work with producer Timbaland on her upcoming album. However, the United States refused to issue M.I.A. a visa because of the nature of the lyrics on her current album. Futher MTV refuses to play her current single, "Sunshower."

Results of Incident: On her website, M.I.A. stated "They tried to shut my door!," "Roger roger do you here me over the US immigration won't let me in!"

Source: www.spotlightingnews.com; http://washingtontimes.com

Submitted By: Danielle Biber

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