M.I.A.’s latest video for her single “Borders” depicts the harsh realities that thousands of refugees are currently living right now. The outspoken artists has never been shy about telling the rough path of her own life which mirrors both her video and the current refugee crisis. She recently sat down with NPR to discuss this topic.
During the short conversation, M.I.A. brought up an interesting question: “If the West is so deliberate in promoting its brands and is using art and culture to inspire people’s dreams,” she asked, “how can the West then turn people away?” In many aspects, the Western world is looked at as an example and a place to come live out your dreams, but current situations reveal there is some fine print to those plans.
M.I.A. continued her point saying, “You don’t put borders on Apple, or YouTube or MTV. So to make the borders even taller when actually what the creative world is doing, or the business world is doing, is the opposite, then you’re always going to have this problem.”
Listen to the full interview below.