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What Do You Think Of M.I.A’s “Born Free” Video?

Most music videos from female superstars involve sequins, big hair, choreographed dance numbers and, lately, no pants. Not the case for M.I.A. Her new vid for “Born Free,” directed by Romain Gavras, shows military dudes with American flags on their shoulders rounding up redheads from an apartment complex and bringing them to the desert, where one of them—a kid—is shot in the head at point-blank range. Near the end of the video, another guy is literally blown apart by a bomb. Obviously, the video has created a ton of controversy. It’s been pulled from YouTube less than a day after being posted. (A representative from the site said, “YouTube rules prohibit content like pornography or gratuitous violence. If the content breaks our terms then we remove it.”) You can still watch it on Vimeo, though. [NY Times]Rather than wax philosophical on what I think (which is, that I wish she hadn’t chosen to mark the soldiers in this as American and that the point of the whole thing would have been stronger without the stomach-turning deaths), but I’m more curious what you think. Did M.I.A go too far this time? Or is the brouhaha over the video unwarranted?

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