Last week, Afropunk Festival announced that British-South Asian rapper M.I.A. would headline their first-ever London event this coming September -- a move that was (predictably) met with quite the backlash thanks to recent comments she made about American political activism and its focus on Black Lives Matter. Comments that many interpreted as anti-black, many attendees called for the festival organizers to pull her from the bill.

Telling the Evening Standard back in April that, "It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It's not a new thing to me," she derailed the conversation by asking, "Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question." She later clarified that she was criticizing what was being broadcast through American activist channels.

However, the rumors of a potential Afropunk boycott apparently got to her, as she has since responded with a snide string of tweets saying she's "not doin Afropunk" because she's "been told to stay in my lane."

According to Pitchfork though, a representative has confirmed she is still on to play the festival.

[h/t Pitchfork]

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