Missing in Action in America

27 May 2006

M.I.A.According to a post on one of her official websites, M.I.A. has been denied a visa to enter the U.S. She was set to record with Timbaland for the follow up to her debut record "Arular," one of 2005's best. Rumor has it that M.I.A.'s lyrical flirtations with terrorism, as well as her affiliation-via-birth with a Sri Lankan rebel political movement, did in the British citizen's bid to enter the states.

"Roger, roger, do you hear me, over? The U.S. immigration won't let me in, I'm locked out," wrote M.I.A., born Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam. "They won't let me in. Now I'm making my album outside the borders" (source). No word on when the follow up will be finished and available for purchase.

The incident follows a similar controversy last year, when MTV banned the music video for single "Sunshowers" over its controversial, terroristic lyrical content.

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