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MUSIC: M.I.A., Sam Sparro. Plus: Brandy And Monica Reunite!

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I recently watched M.I.A’s new video for “Bad Girls” with a friend who, despite quite liking the song, railed against the video’s imagery and the singer’s dubious politics. He finds her propensity to align herself with outsiders problematic and maybe a little disingenuous— like hipsters wearing Che Guevara t-shirts.

Then another friend mentioned that the “Bad Girls” video reminded him of the clip for Tori Amos’s 1994 single “Past the Mission.”

In Amos’s video, she leads the entire female population of a small Spanish village into the surrounding fields, where they face off against the patriarchal authority embodied by a young priest.

In “Bad Girls,” directed by Romain Gavras, M.I.A. presides over a Middle Eastern drag race with Muslim women in vividly patterned burkas speeding down dusty roads as the menfolk look on, glowering. It’s powerful imagery, especially considering that in many Middle Eastern countries Saudi Arabia women are prohibited from driving at all. But is it original, an homage or just plagiarizing the original?

Check the videos below and compare:

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By:           JOHN RUSSELL
On:           Feb 20, 2012
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  • 5 Comments
    • int'l
      int'l

      Dear Queerty,

      Please FACT check when you do your work so as not to perpetuate fucking stereotypes. This sentence: “It’s powerful imagery considering in many Middle Eastern countries women are prohibited from driving at all” is factually wrong. The ONLY country in the world (Muslim or otherwise) where it is illegal for women to drive is Saudi Arabia.

      Feb 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DenverBarbie
      DenverBarbie

      I adore Sam Sparro’s “Castro Clone” throwback look!

      Feb 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pazmateo
      Pazmateo

      I see no similarities in the 2 videos…

      Feb 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TASTEY GOODIES
      TASTEY GOODIES

      SAM SPARRO ROX!!! IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, SAM SPARRO IS / HAS COLLABERATED W/ ADAM GLAMBERT. IF SO, I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THEIR JOINT VENTURE ON ADAM’S MAPRIL ALBUM “TRESSPASSING”!!!

      Feb 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • E.
      E.

      I don’t know about the Tori Amos video, but when I saw “Bad Girls” I was surprised to find recreations of scenes that I had watched in an amateur short film way before this was released. You might want to take a look at this: bit.ly/ymst6h

      Jul 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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