M.I.A. took to Twitter last night to directly criticize Anderson Cooper’s 2009 coverage of the war in Sri Lanka (her stance on the Tamil Tiger movement, specifically). Cooper quickly responded — and ultimately put the controversial singer in her place.
It all began when M.I.A. tweeted to her followers about a documentary called “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” on Channel 4 in the UK: “hair this #killingfields 2nite @ 22.55 on Channel4,” she began. “someone should make @andersoncooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong #killingfields.”
“@andersoncooper called me a terrorist for speaking out , and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening,” she continued.
The criticism caught Cooper’s attention, and he sent a simple “What are you talking about?” as rebuttal. He then tweeted “@MIAuniverse, you are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at superbowl.”
The back and forth continued for some time with Cooper even pointing out that “by the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I’ve no idea what youre tweeting about.”
Capital New York posted play-by-play screenshots of the entire debate, which concluded with M.I.A. backing down and tweeting “im glad u understand but please watch #killingfields because this is what i was trying to say.” Sounds like the singer realized she was fighting the wrong fight.
“p.s thank you for defending my finger,” she added.