M.I.A. sure does know how to dish it out! The controversial rapper, who earlier this year raised eyebrows by dismissing Lady Gaga as a Madonna rip-off, has once again taken a public swipe at Gaga—and this time she’s thrown in a jab at beloved talk-show host/one-woman empire Oprah Winfrey for good measure.
“Oprah seemed like she was giving me the cold shoulder. She was with Iman (Bowie). Iman was always dancing with me, hugging and kissing me, but Oprah seemed really p*ssed off with me. Also she made this huge speech at the ball praising Lady Gaga and about how she (Lady Gaga) is helping Americans to be the best of themselves. There’s millions of other Americans who represent that for me. Is (it) about numbers? About how much you’re selling? Is it truly about the journey? Because (Lady Gaga’s) journey isn’t that difficult: to go from the f*cking Upper East Side to a f*cking performing arts school and on to a stage at the museum of f*cking wherever. That journey’s about four miles.”
However, M.I.A. fans were upset at a recent performance when it appeared that she simply gave up during her set. Multiple audio problems made her sound horrible, and M.I.A. went so far as to spit into the lens of a photographer on while on stage!