M.I.A. has never been one to bite her tongue, and now she’s revealed in a new Rolling Stone interview that she had a rather icy encounter with Oprah Winfrey — which included being called a “terrorist.”
The rapper recalled meeting Oprah at Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala in 2009, during which she tried to engage the media mogul in a discussion about the civil war in her native Sri Lanka.
“‘Hey, people are gonna f—ing die in my country. Like, please pay attention,’” she recalled telling the talk show host. “And she was like, ‘You’re s–t because you were rude to Lady Gaga and I’m not talking to you. And I’m gonna interview Tom Cruise jumping on my sofa, so f–k off.’”
She shut me down. She took that photo of me, but she was just like, ‘I can’t talk to you because you’re crazy and you’re a terrorist. And I’m like, ‘I’m not. I’m a Tamil and there are people dying in my country and you have to like look at it because you’re f—ing Oprah and every American told me you’re going to save the world.’
M.I.A.’s interview is meant to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her debut album “Arular.”
Neither Oprah nor her reps have released a response to the rapper’s claims.