The question we have is whether MIA's latest video is another finger in the face or whether it is just showcasing additional rebellion that exists in the depths of Arabia. I talk of MIA's video for the new single Bad Girls.
Depending on which way you view it, there are a number of ways of interpreting it. Although the video is actually recorded in Morocco, it is paying homage to the art of Al-Tafheet, which is a Saudi form of drifting or in laymen terms, skidding at high speed. It's exciting to watch if you are behind a screen and using Youtube. I'm sure you'll lose some sleep if you have been anywhere close by. And I'm sure the drivers get the highest non drug induced equivalent highs of bungee jumping from the Burj Khalifa. To put it simply, it's extremely dangerous.
So what was middle finger in this instance?:
1. Bigging up the fact that Tafheet, an illegal activity, exists in Saudi Arabia?
2. Gyrating her hips amongst the Arab brethren?
3. Or a stand up call for Saudi Women to fight the ban on driving.
It's none of these really. It's all about attitude and anti society. That's what MIA is all about. PR and creating a sandstorm. All she's doing is creating another another negative stereotype for Arabs.
And demonstration of that stereotype is here:
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However what it does do is highlight the plight of animals transported over long distances - and the point of it is that the animals transported over long distances to places like the Gulf - that can afford to pay for such food - are usually in such bad conditions that it contravenes multiple factors including sanctity of the animal, Islamic jurisprudence, and hygiene....
Anyway, the point is made.
I'll make another point - Emirates Airline Economy Class is not cramped - it's probably one of the best in the world!
Here's the press release in full:
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From the FT
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