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Controversy British singer, M.I.A finds Jesus after getting cancelled


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    M.I.A., a well-known rapper, spoke about her conversion to Christianity and the circumstances that led to it.

    She mentioned that she discovered Christ while visiting the Caribbean after being “canceled” for her critical views of the Black Lives Matter movement. During an interview with conservative commentator Candace Owens on her show “Taboo” on the Daily Wire, M.I.A. shared more details about her journey. The rapper, whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, is famous for her hit song “Paper Planes” from 2008.

    M.I.A. has been a vocal critic of the Black Lives Matter movement even before the nationwide protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death in 2020. She has criticized the movement for not bringing attention to the persecution of people in other countries. M.I.A. has a history of making controversial statements to advocate for peace and stability in her homeland of Sri Lanka.

    During her interview with Candace Owens, M.I.A. reiterated her stance that oppression cannot be defined by race. She believes that regardless of the place or the people, oppression is still oppression. The rapper emphasized the importance of identifying the oppressor and having valuable conversations about oppression, which is the main focus of the BLM movement.

    M.I.A. was born in London but her family moved back to Sri Lanka when she was a baby as her father fought against Tamil oppression. When she was 10, her family fled to London as refugees. M.I.A. has been an advocate for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, who have been facing oppression for many years. She spoke about the Sri Lankan government’s actions in 2009 when they evacuated all foreign media, politicians and mediators and bombed the BBC head office in the country.
    During this time, 400,000 Tamil people were forced onto a beach strip where tens of thousands were killed in a “no-fire zone.” M.I.A. cited information from the film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka,” but the Sri Lankan government has denied responsibility for the killings of up to 70,000 citizens during the civil war.
    M.I.A. expressed her frustration that even after 13 years, no one has been held accountable for the atrocities committed against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. She claimed that she has been labeled “anti-black” and “racist” for her criticism of the BLM movement’s exclusion of other oppressed people groups in their coalition.
    She believes that cancel culture has made her out to be a racist person, and she is frustrated that society is divided into different groups, and conversations are not allowed to take place. M.I.A. mentioned Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States, as an example of how people are divided based on their experiences and narratives.

    M.I.A. has shared that her faith has been a significant part of her life, particularly since a transformative experience in 2016 while on a trip to the Caribbean. During this trip, she had a vision where she saw what she believed to be an image of Jesus, and this encounter had a profound impact on her.


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