M.I.A. is often mad as hell and quick to Tweet about it. After a Channel 4 documentary called Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished aired last night, she took to the Internet to defend herself, once more, against those who would criticize her for supporting the Tamils (for whom her father is a leading activist). Upon elaborating on her own views, she turned her ire to an unlikely target: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. "Anderson Cooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov (Sri Lankan government) when this (killing) was happening," M.I.A.wrote, and later retweeted someone else saying, "I thought AC (Anderson Cooper) was a fair news reporter until the SL killings took place and he kept his silence! Disappointed!" To which Cooper snapped, "You are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at the Superbowl."
Did things escalate from there? No, not really. When M.I.A.said that he’d called her a "lady Tamil Tiger" in 2009, Cooper pointed out that the phrasing came from a link on his CNN blog to an article expressing that point of view, written by someone else. Furthermore, he’d defended her after she flipped the bird at the Super Bowl, unlike so many other staid media figures. "I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I’m glad you were able to respond," he wrote. "And the brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that [sic] very upsetting."
After that, M.I.A.thanked Cooper for defending her and implored him to watch the Killing Fields documentary she had been talking about. Beef in, beef out, that’s the way these things go. This should set the stage for the two to make doilies or some other household item on his Anderson daytime show, shouldn’t it? Think of the potential GIFs!