Warning: violent. Portions of this video are difficult to watch.
There is the tried and true Madonna approach to drumming up pre-album release buzz: tits and ass, and hot lesbian action, and now comes the M.I.A. approach. If you thought M.I.A. would seek universal pop acceptance following her massive “Paper Planes” ride, think again. The video made for her single Born Free a borrows heavily from the absurdist elements of the Dr. Seuss’ cold war allegory, The Butter Battle Book, violently re-imagining the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (?) set in a futuristic USA where fair-skinned red-heads are the enemy. –Davis Fleetwood