10 thoughts on “Born Free (MIA)

    1. Erren

      kinda hard to say, IMO. i can see the parallel that I think is being made, so i think it’s effective in getting people to think about ethnic oppression in a way that really shows its absurdity… so conceptually, yes, i think it works. but the premise is kind of a double-edged sword because of its absurdity… i didn’t feel as much of a gut-level reaction to it as i think might have been intended… to a certain degree i’m probably desensitized to cinematic depictions of violence, as, i think, most people are nowadays… i think most of us have catalogues of slo-mo body explosions floating around in our heads from movies that we’ve seen, whether we know it or not… i’m most affected by depictions of violence that involve characters that i’ve become acquainted with, that i care for… in a way this video highlights to me a limit of this medium- no character development, so it’s harder to connect with on an emotional level… the stylized violence almost defeats the purpose… so, anyway, emotionally, IMO, it doesn’t work so well.

  1. Emma

    I saw this yesterday and was going to recommend for you to post it up here.

    Really radical, watched it before midday and was slightly disturbed but overall promotes the kind of politics MIA is famous for and we are thankful for.

    1. apciv Post author


      If you have a moment in the near future maybe you could act as a native informant and explain gingerism? It seems absurd in a US context where, historically, race has revolved around the question of who gets to be white. So, for example, Irish immigrants are portrayed as racially distinct and inferior to Anglo-Saxon or “Teutonic” “stock” though they eventually cross over into whiteness by the end of the 19th century. The same for Slavs, Magyars, etc.

  2. Jessica Ross

    another intense video from the same director.. WARNING: headache might ensue after watching.

  3. Jessica Ross

    Also on the discussion of hipsters.. here are a few funny clips that i think apply.

    just go to 2:20, pretty self explanatory

  4. Melanie Wong

    After watching this video in class, I couldn’t stop thinking about what message MIA was trying to convey through the shockingly violent scenes in this video. I read an article that suggested that perhaps the video is a direct response to the Arizona immigration law. I think it’s clear that MIA is trying to make some point about the absurdity of ethnic cleansing, but in a way I thought this video was ineffective in that sense. I think a lot of the violent scenes were incorporated into this video just for the sake of shocking the audience. I think there could have been subtler ways of conveying the intended message.

    As for the discussion of hipsters, I thought that most of the opinions given in class on Monday about what defined a “hipster” were very ignorant. Most of my friends are hipsters, and the best way that I can describe it is that it is a culture that those who are not a part of will criticize and ridicule. Many of the statements made in class about hipsters being “trust fund babies” or “trying to look poor but are actually rich” are stereotypes. I think most of the students that made these remarks got their ideas from the definition of hipster on urbandictionary.com. There is so much more to hipster culture, fashion and music than most people think. Hipsters choose to dress a certain way and live certain lifestyles because they appreciate it. Think of it as underground music–it differs from mainstream music but is a product of it in some way. Not everyone has to appreciate or even respect hipsters, but to claim to know what they’re all about and to ridicule them is just ignorant and closed minded. I chose not to share these thoughts in class on Monday because I was quite offended by the ignorant remarks people were making and decided that it wasn’t worth trying to explain something to a group of people who have no desire to think outside of their preconceived stereotypes.

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