M.I.A. on Colbert

M.I.A. may be one of the most politically charged artists on the popscape today, but there’s a reason she’s not really making the Sunday morning talk-show circuit. Last night, she was the guest on The Colbert Report, and things got a bit messy, especially when she said she’d never seen the show. The interview wasn’t a trainwreck or anything, but it was pretty fascinatingly awkward. At the very least, someone should’ve counseled her to watch half an episode on her phone when she was in the car on the way to the studio, so she’d have some idea what she was getting into. Anyway! She also did two songs on the show’s stage. On the show proper, she did “Y.A.L.A.,” complete with backup dancer and crazy color-filters on the camera. And as an online bonus, she also kicked out a just-as-frenetic version of “Come Walk With Me.” Watch the interview and both performances below.

M.I.A.’s very good album Matangi is out now on Interscope.

Comments (4)
  1. The best interviews on Colbert happen when the interviewee doesn’t know what he’s about and think he’s serious. It makes for some great underhanded criticism. Like the Rick Santorum interview the other night…it was a mistake for him to show up but damn it was great to see him squirm a bit. It gets awkward in a slightly painful way when Colbert doesn’t really have anything to criticize and is just trying to make some comedy, which is what happened here. Could have been worse, though.

  2. I love it when people say they’re about to be “controversial” without knowing what it means. Controversy is defined by a public disagreement after the fact. If we’re all yawning at M.I.A.’s opinion of us, a controversy it is not.

  3. That was almost as controversial as when MIA flipped the bird during the super bowl. MY EYES. MY EYES!!!!!

    Colbert is the best.

  4. I’d say more than half of the artist interviews on Colbert are just as awkward if not more. Colbert’s questions are kinda wacky.

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