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MIA Accuses VMAs of Racism and Sexism After 'Borders' Music Video Is Snubbed

by Jackie Willis 11:46 AM PDT, July 28, 2016
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M.I.A. straight up slammed the MTV Video Music Awards for not nominating her "Borders" music video this year.

"M.I.A. - 'BORDERS' is not included in the VMAs #hahahahhaahahhaha!!" she tweeted. "Racism, sexism, classism, elitism #dontwantyourlane!"

The 41-year-old rapper then explained why she thought her music video deserved a nomination. "'BORDERS' came representing people outside U.S. ...This is a perfect example of 'allowed' voice vs. excluded voices. Even if U direct it."

"Not here for EGO or accolades, but know before you tell other artists they have the same platform as major U.S. artists coz they don't," M.I.A. added. "#F**ktheVMAs, we don't need their recognition!!"

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The Indian artist then proceeded to share tweets from fans that agreed that her video should have been nominated.

While M.I.A. is not up for a VMA nomination this year, her music video for "Bad Girls" won twice in 2012 for Best Directing and Best Cinematography.

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She's not the first female rapper to accuse the VMAs of unfair nominations. Last year, Nicki Minaj slammed the awards show for not nominating her "Anaconda" music video for Video of the Year and Best Choreography. "If I was a different 'kind' of artist, 'Anaconda' would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well," she tweeted. "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for video of the year."

Taylor Swift then sparked a Twitter feud with the rapper when she responded to the tweets.

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A year later, neither Swift nor Minaj are nominated for any VMAs.

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