M.I.A. seems like the kind of girl you don’t want to get in a fight with. So when writer Lynn Hirschberg wrote a less-than-flattering cover story on her in the New York Times Magazine, disaster was bound to occur.
Hirschberg’s article, published online yesterday and arriving by mail this weekend, includes phrases like, “Unity holds no allure for Maya–she thrives on conflict, real or imagined. ‘I kind of want to be an outsider,’ she said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry. ‘I don’t want to make the same music, sing about the same stuff, talk about the same things. If that makes me a terrorist, then I’m a terrorist.’”
Despite her love of conflict and contradiction, M.I.A. was not so pleased about this portrayal. So she took to Twitter, releasing Lynn Hirschberg’s phone number to her over 100,000 followers.
Hirschberg, obviously, will not be pleased. Especially since her piece on M.I.A. is one of her last for the Times. (She recently resigned, with rumors swirling that she will soon follow Stefano Tonchi to W as Entertainment Editor). At least she’s going out with a bang.