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M.I.A. and the Real ‘Bad Girls’ | Hyphen magazine – Asian American arts, culture, and politics

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By now pretty much everyone knows M.I.A. as the bad girl who flipped off the Super Bowl halftime camera. But her fans are more preoccupied with her new music video, “Bad Girls”, in which BMWs and Mercedes Benzes race in a desert we presume to be in the Middle East, tires burn in nameless oil states, Bedouin-styled men ride stallions à la Casablanca, brown rebel-types tote guns, and backup dancers appear in not-quite-accurate hipsterized niqab and hijab….

Read more: http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/blog/archive/2012/02/mia-and-real-bad-girls

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