Oh, M.I.A. As Kanye West learned before you, your talent and critical success will only excuse so much dickish behavior. Reporter Lynn Hirschberg recently profiled the controversy-courting recording artist for the NYT Magazine, and apparently was not exactly sold by M.I.A.’s shtick, as evidenced by passages such as this one regarding her pregnancy:
As usual, she wanted to transform her personal life into a political statement. “You gotta embrace the pain, embrace the struggle,” she proclaimed weeks before Ikhyd was born. “And my giving birth is nothing when I think about all the people in Sri Lanka that have to give birth in a concentration camp.”
As it happened, Maya, who is 34, gave birth in a private room in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
You can almost see the derision dripping off your computer screen with that one. Anyway, since M.I.A. is an adult (and now a parent!), she responded to this less-than-flattering portrayal in the most mature was possible: by posting Hirschberg’s phone number on Twitter.
But who’s going to call some random reporter, right? (Well, probably lots of people, if they’re angry fans of M.I.A.) She clearly thought about this in advance, and realized that while her fans might not want to call some random journalist, they would definitely give that number a ring if she pretended it was her own phone. Which means she 1) tricked her fans into doing her dirty work and 2) was a totally dick about this whole thing.
Ah, Twitter. Helping people be more awful since 2006.
UPDATE: Hirschberg has responded to the tweet while speaking to the New York Observer, saying, "It’s a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don’t think it’s surprising… She’s a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative," and that it was "infuriating and not surprising."