Controversial hip hop star M.I.A. lashed out at CNN's Anderson Cooper via Twitter yesterday (March 15.) The Sri Lankan-born/Britain-based emcee accused Cooper of attacking her wrongfully, and unleashed a string of tweets reprimanding the reporter.
"@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out , and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening," she tweeted. "Someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong #killingfields"
"@andersoncooper YOU CALLED ME A LADY TAMIL TIGER when i talked about tamil civilians dying, and u printed a retraction," she continued. "@andersoncooper in 2009 u linked to a article that was written about me with false info. there was a rebuttal on ur 360 site."
Cooper denied knowing anything about accusing M.I.A. of being a terrorist. "@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," he responded. "@miauniverse. by the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I've no idea what youre tweeting about."
"@miauniverse you've gone from saying "I wrote", "I called you," to saying my cnn show blog had a link to an article. Big difference," he clarified. "@miauniverse we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond."
"@miauniverse I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I'm glad you were able to respond," added Cooper. "@miauniverse ....and the brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that very upsetting."
M.I.A. gave her final stance on the controversy by responding with, "@andersoncooper p.s thank you for defending my finger , please watch Channel4 #killingfields by @jonsnowC4. Im glad u understand but please watch #killingfields because this is what i was trying to say."