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M.I.A.: ‘Revolution is the marketable thing now’

M.I.A. has insisted "revolution" is a lot more "marketable" now, compared to the resistance she faced for speaking out during her career.

The rapper, real name Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, began her recording career in 2002 and has since had hits with songs such as Born Free and Paper Planes, while also garnering a reputation for controversy due to her activism and outspoken social and political commentary. While M.I.A. has received much criticism over the years for encouraging change in the cultural landscape, the 42-year-old wondered why her words were shut down, yet initiatives such as Time's Up anti-sexual harassment movement have been widely accepted and glorified.