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In the wake of escalating atrocities in the Tamil/Sinhalese civil war in Sri Lanka, Maya met Maher on Friday night to explain her people’s plight to Bill’s Real Time audience. (She’s the one labeled “Tamil Rapper.”) There’s a quick octo-mom joke with respect to M.I.A.’s very-pregnant Rap Pack Grammy performance, otherwise she’s cast strictly as rebel ambassador. Maher has Maya step back and contextualize the conflict for his audience repeatedly in case they haven’t been keeping up with her blog, where she’s been detailing the issues surrounding recent civilian killings and the state-controlled flow of information. Watch:

IS BILL MAHER RIGHT?IS SHE GIVING U TOO MUCH CREDIT? Maya wants to know.

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Comments (114)
  1. trk  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    It’s a shame Bill Maher is such a jackass.

  2. She cannot face the world after supporting the LTTE Terrorist.
    LTTE Terrorist killed their own Tamil people she as blood in her hands

  3. jlmschtocks  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    So “exactly what’s going on” (2:45, 5:05, 5:47) M.I.A.? Conversation for Sensationalists with nothing but drivel for dialogue

  4. Arular  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Oh Gosh…Bill didn’t swallow her lies..the blogs are buzzing with this. See the below:

    http://bailaman.blogspot.com/2009/05/video-keep-dishing-out-those-lies-mia.html

  5. Moonbeam  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Gosh I wish he let her finish a sentence. Frikkin heck.

  6. ed  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    He is such an asshole!

  7. ed  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    He is such an asshole!

    • vincent  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

      mia is a real tiger(LTTE). Het family are very ardent tigers. Long live multi racial, multicoltural, multilingual and multiethnic Sri Lanka

  8. jjazznola  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    So she comes on a show to talk about an issue that she seems to know very little about. She skated right over the fact that her father and his cronies are terrorists, plain and simple. I saw her at Coachella. Her show was a car wreck. Very unproffesional. She may have a few cool songs but her 15 minutes of fame needs to end soon.

  9. Maravan  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Thanks BILL MAHER for giving an opportunity to MIA to speak about her people’s plight!

  10. yomomma  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Maybe Al Queda just needs a cute mascot like the Tamil Tigers. It would be a lot harder to hate the Al Queda Koalas.

    Once again we learn that the equation beauty+creative talent?intelligence.

  11. Chandra  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She does not any history about Sri Lanka. Her father was a member of the terrorist organization. Recently Sri lankan govt provided the security while he was Sri Lanka.
    I am really upset that Bill Maher gave her the opportunity to spread the lies.

  12. Ruwan  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    M.I.A don’t know % of tamil and she help to kill her own people eo helpng tigers,

  13. sam  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    If u like to know more abt Sri Lanka and Tamil Terrorist Pls visit
    http://www.defence.lk

  14. Jerry  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She tried her best to bring out the true face of Genosidical Sri Lankan government and the forces. Too bad she didn’t have enough time to bring more detail info.
    Hats off MIA

  15. rohan  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    This is a part of false propaganda launched by ruthless pro-LTTE agents who get paid handsome money …..the international LTTE network is a million dollar business that do all the illegal business such as arm procurments,drug trafficking,credit card scams,human smuggling etc.They spend great deal of money to discredit Sri Lanka but did nothing to avarage Tamils.M.I.A is one of the cat’s paw of this barberic outfit

  16. sam  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    What a load of CRAP…just another mouth Piece for the terrorists

  17. Leslie  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Obama is a president for only US not for the world. Stupid M.I.A doesn’t know the precentage of tamils in SriLanka. During 83 riots only Colombo tamils suffer but she used it as a geaway pass. Stupid dumb idiot bitch should know now, show is over.

  18. eye4eye  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Hey, smelly Sri Lankans stop bashing MIA.She never praised LTTE. She is only against the genocide of Tamils by Rajapussa brothers.

  19. MIA is talented — but also a moron and an unapologetic hypocrite.

  20. Krish  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Crap. What a load of bullshit. Not a single Sinhalese has been tried and convicted for crimes comitted? On what dope is she living on. What a waste of time.

  21. Katy  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She’s really talks funny regarding what’s happening in Sri Lanka, As per this lady,during this war the people who been killed 60.000, all are tamilians. is it true? how can say that stupid things. The tigers who killed most of them Singhalist. any way it is a silly things to discus, but i wonder if she know anything about war rather than her aim to become one of the leader in terrorism. please be careful of this lady. Just her aim to be one of the LTTE leader… but it want happen in SRILANKA Again.

    Katy.

  22. tamil  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    What a load of crap, trying to get attention from tamil out side the world to buy her CDs using civil war. What happen to all the Tamil Nadu politicians, actors who were concerned about civilians before LTTE got crushed.. Now will they send aid or money for those who are in IDP camps? NO.. All bullshit..all fake attentions and their own agenda. Only those who innocent tamils in SL will know..what tamil Diaspora did for them..nothing..

  23. Steve Walters  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    ^How many posts does it take a dumbass to make a point?

    …8.

    LO-Fucking-L!! ! !

  24. rajapussa  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Hey Sinhala modayas, you need a Tamil to win a cricket match for you and you need a Tamil to effectively run a Foreign affairs for you. Now are you scared of an up and coming Tamil singer?. Don’t believe the Rajapussy brothers. One day the brothers will come after you.

    • Wha!?!?  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

      Maybe you should go start terroristgum.com. It would be a place where all of the terrorist lovers could get together and chat about killing people to accomplish their political goals.

    • Hello Rajapussa,
      You such an idiot. You don?t know what are you talking abut. Sinhales don?t have any obligations with tamis what so ever. Stupid people like you make things worse. You better be shamed you?re self.
      If I use the correct words for you, its like ? UBA MODA PISSEK? . Please go to the metal hospital and help your self.
      Good luck???

  25. Chris  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Why are you asking smart questions from a dum ass like MIA. I don’t think she even know where it is.

  26. Rajram  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Mr. Maher:

    Thank You for giving MIA a chance to speak about the Tamil Genocide being perpetrated by the Sinhalese. This has been going on for over 60 years. Over 55,000 Tamils mostly women and children were killed by the Sinhala Army in in the last 30 days and still there are no war crime charges agaisnt the Sinhala regime. Rajapakse Government of Sri Lanka are war criminals. – Raj Ram

  27. crishan   |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Tamil in sri lank less then 10% now sorry. MIA

  28. You mother fuckers at least Do know what BM show is about….Do you know what is left n right? …all you suckers know is just listen to what the stupid uneducated brothers ruling the country telling you… Understand the problem …. make a good judgement n educate your self…don’t be a stupid asses….she never said or talked about LTTE…she was talking about the suffering of the Tamil people……try to READ n LEARN ….then come here n talk with sense….

    • 2nose  |   Posted on May 28th, 2009 0

      Educate yourself!…and become a horrible speller.

      When ever I watch this show, I always get the impresion that Maher is wearing no pants.
      And MIA, for all her (supposed) talent, really should stick to music. Her history and facts here are O’Reilly-esque.

  29. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Sinhaleese are good only the following:
    1) To harm unarmed tamil women. Because we all know what they get from armed tamil women.
    2) Post feedback in using tamil names such as Arular and Tamil.

    • MAYA 4 TRUTH  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

      Tamil tigers used only women (the disposable ones!) as suicide bombers! They took by force, children from their parents for child soldiers. Finally, they took innocent women, children and elderly as their human shield. Those who attempted to run….were shot. Those my friends are the sad facts. Tamil diaspora is shamelessly flying the flag of these tyrants. Do they really care about the poor tamils in Sri Lanka who have been devastated by Tiger rule for the past 20 years? Why don’t they let those people recover their losses and try to live their lives in harmony with the rest of the country. Ennada! Let them get proper education and opportunities like the rest of us!

  30. Kural  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    I thought Blondes to be Dumb. This woman’s talk proves that wrong.

  31. Shane  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She is not just a terrorist an idot too,
    She is full of crap. No wonder she was denied a visa to enter USA in 2006 as a supporter of banned terrorist group in the USA. Her dad didn’t even get a visa to see her at Grammys as he was member of a terrorist group.

  32. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Sinhaleese are good for only the following:
    1) To harm unarmed tamil women. Because we all know what they get from armed tamil women.
    2) Post feedback using tamil names such as Arular and Tamil.

  33. Lalin  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She is so funny, she does nt know anything about sri lanka.Bill is a freaking ass, he made a fun of her, she is begging.

  34. G. Green  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    MIA doesn’t know anything. They stopped calling Sri Lanka Ceylon in 1972. Didn’t she say something like she was born in 1975 or something? so how come she lived in a time where they called that country Ceylon? She has no idea what she’s talking about.

    Besides, the civil war wasn’t between the Tamils and the Sinhalese. It was between TERRORISTS and the Sri Lankan government. If it was a war between the two ethnicities, then why did the LTTE kill Tamil people and Tamil politicians? This woman is crazy and all she wants is to rant about something she has no idea of, just to sell her records. The LTTE is gone and its leader is too..but seems like she still doesn’t want to accept the fact that her terrorist leader and the rest of them terrorists are gone for good..

  35. Manju Menaka  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    What s she talking? She left the country in 1986, now 2009! I?m asking, during this 20+ years why didn?t she try to go her people and help as a million singer! Never never gone back, only can do comments while living very luxury life in Europe n US. They dont dont know how?s Sinhala, Buddhist people treat Tamils. In northern part just half Tamils living, but in capital city in Sri Lanka, Colombo most majority Tamils living with Sinhala people. They never shout up behalf of LTTE. If u can check, are there any protest happened in front of US or UK embassy? Never hapend.bcs these Tamils know, LTTE IS World deadliest TERRORIST. I can only say, check the sri lankan situation with people who lives sri lanka at the mean time. All refugee people is really upset because of FINISHED THE WAR!. Because,if it?s no WAR, THEY HAVE TO GO BACK TO SRI LANKA.THATS WHY. THEY WANT TO LIVE DEPEND FROM SOCIAL BENIFITS FROM THOSE EUROPE COUNTRIES AND US. That the truth!

  36. peacekeeper  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Hey rajapussa, what is your point? We need Sri Lankans of all wakes to succeed. It is people like you who say that you do not get the opportunity, now you criticize the Tamils who succeeded as Sri Lankans? It is ok to speak up if know the facts, but most of you use freedom of speech to spread lies and hatred

  37. tony  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Wow! she is representing sri lankan tamils. lol. She is so uneducated and I would not even keep her on the side work to represent me.
    Thanks Bill for Q her for her idiotic answers. And who nominated her to become one of the 100 powerful people in the world. LOL.

  38. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Breaking News:

    MIA recommended for Nobel rpize for educating world about the tamil genocide in Sri Lanka carried out by sinhala cowards.

    Feedback: Good job MIA and congrajulations

    • G. Green  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

      haha nice one..even if she gets something like that, think hard…who is giving the Nobel prize? ugh the Norwegian Nobel Committee…and who tried support the LTTE under the guise of peace talks in Sri Lanka? NORWAY, of course..

    • Manju Menaka  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

      Hai refugee man, u don?t have a country and now even sri lanka, bcs ur a REFUGEEEEE !!! Staying depending social funds !!!!! beggerrrrrrrrr !!!!!

      • G. Green  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

        Hey, that’s a really stupid thing to say. You are making yourself look dumb. Think clearly and speak up.

  39. Manju Menaka  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    What s she talking? She left the country in 1986, now 2009! I?m asking, during this 20+ years why didn?t she try to go her people and help as a million singer! Never never gone back, only can do comments while living very luxury life in Europe n US. They dont dont know how?s Sinhala, Buddhist people treat Tamils. In northern part just half Tamils living, but in capital city in Sri Lanka, Colombo most majority Tamils living with Sinhala people. They never shout up behalf of LTTE. If u can check, are there any protest happened in front of US or UK embassy? Never hapend.bcs these Tamils know, LTTE IS World deadliest TERRORIST. I can only say, check the sri lankan situation with people who lives sri lanka at the mean time. All refugee people is really upset because of FINISHED THE WAR!. Because,if it?s no WAR, THEY HAVE TO GO BACK TO SRI LANKA.THATS WHY. THEY WANT TO LIVE DEPEND FROM SOCIAL BENIFITS FROM THOSE EUROPE COUNTRIES AND US. That the truth!

  40. IF she left Sri lanka at the age of 3 how does he know that 3000 tamils were kiled at that time???
    She lies , that she had to go 4 times before she come to the air port.
    She looks Stupid.And she does not know anything of SL.

  41. Chamal  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    she is a real bitch…………………………….

  42. Tamilarn  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Who is she mother fucker worry about Sri Lankan crises bloody pitch
    Go and sleep with white or black assol

  43. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Breakijg news:
    Tamil diaspora provide protection to MIA. Sinhala cowards call India and Chine for help. Please wait for them to get the help.

  44. tony  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    “I came to Colombo 4 times to get visa and our buses were burned and people were killed.” How come she is still alive? She is trying so hard to make the case for LTTE and she failed doing so. Her Propaganda is good for nothing, just like LTTE fight the war. LOL

  45. d1234dl  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    She is famous. She has a nice voice. She can sing. But ! is that a criteria to measure her level of interligence? This is where the world got wrong, to get opinian from a singer to a political problem is like psychologist doing a heart surgery. I can understand the amount of income involves in the bussiness of reporting this kind of things. But what I do not understand is why these media institutions ask psychologist how to do a heart surgery.

  46. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    Hey Idiots, if thugs like Mahinda and Gotha run the govt, why not MIA give political opinion. You Sinhala cowards couldn’t face the small tamil (brave) army needed help from 15 countires to fight the war. Now you are begging for IMF loan and chineese food. Shame on you.

  47. Irfi  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    selfish ignorant piece of shit!! how the hell she could lie like that!!!!! total crap!!

  48. Brother  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 0

    I heard that President Obama is going to invite MIA to the white house. He may discuss about the war crimes executed by GOSL. Apparently President Obama has high regards for MIA.

    Feedback: Good for you girl.

  49. bitte okra  |   Posted on May 26th, 2009 +1

    Oh wow, didn’t know so many other Sri Lankans frequented Stereogum. Hi guys! Maybe cut back on the bile a little bit? You guys gotta stop being so racist towards each other.

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