Subversive M.I.A Wrote Music for Subversive Julian Assange's Subversive New Show

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What's even more subversive than flashing the middle finger during your Super Bowl performance? Composing the soundtrack for Julian Assange's new talk show.

Earlier today, Sri Lankan star Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, the daughter of a prominent political activist and a fervent supporter of Assange and Wikileaks — she even released a free mixtape called "Vicki Leekx" back in 2010 — retweeted a post by Wikileaks saying, "M.I.A. is the Julian Assange of pop music." According to Forbes, this wasn't just a dubious analogy.

Will M.I.A appear on the show as well? Assange said in a press release that his talk show guests will be "global notables" who "normally simply would not be given a voice on TV at all. What is fair to say is that the majority of what they have said to me they could not say on a mainstream TV network." So it looks like the singer will fit right in. Here's hoping craft services offers truffle fries.

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M.I.A. Wrote the Music for Julian Assange's New Talk Show [Forbes]

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I went to an M.I.A concert and almost died after she decided to tell the audience of 10,000 to 'get up on stage'... she was later quoted as saying that she thought only a few people would come. The only reason I didn't get crushed was because after being almost pulled under, some strange guy put his hands on my arse and tipped me head first over the barrier. I then spent 20 minutes on the other side pulling girls over so no one else got hurt. I got my arm caught at one point and was almost snapped in two, leaving me with a bruise the size of an orange and eventually the same colour. It was absolutely ridiculous and I am honestly amazed no one died. After that I'm afraid I will always think of M.I.A as a total idiot.

I then went back to my tent with a friend and found a strange man dressed as Jesus having sex in there. He claimed as an excuse that he thought it was his friend's tent... I wouldn't be happy if my friends did that! Then he ran off with the girl but later came back and asked for his stuff. My friend was crying and so I had a massive go at him... as an apology he gave us about £200 of MDMA. I gave it to my friend because I was totally freaking out about having so much stuff on me, and she then gave it to her friend who sold it and split the profit, leaving me out. I haven't spoken to her since.

It was the weirdest fucking night of my life.