M.I.A. asks Oprah to help draw public attention to Sri Lankan bombings
M.I.A. has revealed in an online blog, that she met Oprah Winfrey last Tuesday (5th May) at an event honouring Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People Of The Year and asked her to help bring attention to the bombing of civilian camps in her native Sri Lanka.
A camp created to shelter 150,000 civilians was bombed earlier this year by the Sri Lanka air force. The civilians are caught in the cross-fire between the National army and the Tamil Tigers.
She says in her MySpace blog:
LAST NIGHT , I WENT TO THE TIME 100 EVENT COZ THEY ADDED ME TO THE LIST OF 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2009,
I SAW TAVIS SMILEY WHEN I WALKED IN AND SAID THANKS FOR STICKING YOUR NECK OUT AND BEING A REAL JOURNALIST, HIS PROGRAM WAS THE FIRST PROGRAM TO VOICE THE TRUTH ABOUT WHATS GOING ON IN SRI LANKA, WITHOUT FEAR OF CONSEQUENCES.
THE NEXT PERSON I MET WAS OPRAH!!!!
SHE SAID SHE LIKED MY JACKET FROM THE MAGAZINE (THE ONE MY BROTHER GOT FOR ME FROM THE SIDE OF THE STREET AT SXSW 09) SHE SQUEEEEZED MY HAND SO HARD, I WAS CONVINCED SHE CARED. MICHELLE OBAMA GAVE A SPEECH AND THERE WAS MAD SECRET SERVICE IN THE AIR SO I DIDNT GET TO THROW A PAPER PLANE AT HER SAYING "STOP THE BOMBING OF THE TAMILS IN SRI LANKA"
THE TWITTER GUYS SAID THEY FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @ _M_I_A_ ILL TWITTER
SHOUT OUT TO THEM AND STELLA MCCARTNEY, NICE TO MEET A FELLO BRIT IN NYC ASIDE FROM THE GIRLS AT TOP SHOP.
I MET MANY MORE PEOPLE , SOME KNEW ME , SOME DIDNT ....... I WASNT SURE ABOUT MY INFLUENCE BUT........IF I DO HAVE ANY INFLUENCE, I WISH I COULD GET THE MEDIA TO SPOTLIGHT THIS:
THANKX TO BRITISH PRESS WE GET THIS MUCH
OPRAH CAN YOU DO SOMETHING BOUT THESE CAMPS PLEEEEEEEEEEASE?"
Watch M.I.A. discuss the issue on Sky News below:
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