Diplo Calls M.I.A. A “Zero” When It Comes To Her Politics

The professional and personal relationship between M.I.A. and DJ Wesley Pentz (aka Diplo) went kaput a couple years ago after "Paper Planes" came out. Then came the uncomfortable NYT profile on the singer, which was supplemented by quotes from Diplo that helped present M.I.A. as a truffle French fry-eating, Brentwood mansion-living L.A. diva. After a year, his words aren't much nicer, especially when it comes to M.I.A.'s refusal to give up her Sri Lankan terrorist tropes: "She’s good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to diehard, facts-on-the-ground politics, she’s at zero. She’s nothing. I told her at the beginning of the third record, like, do not bring politics into this. Obama’s the president, for one. You just can’t glamorize terrorism, it’s not cool.…" The full article goes more in depth about why their relationship deteriorated (and, concurrently, why his opinion of her did as well), why he has a polaroid of a girl in a prom dress, and what his kid's name is (hint: it's Locket). (WWD)

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