Anderson Cooper, M.I.A. kiss and make up at end of Twitter spat about Sri Lanka; plus, that banker-quitter
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Last night, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper was caught off guard when the singer M.I.A., settling down to watch Britain's Channel 4 program, Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, decided to take the opportunity to suggest to her followers that he watch the show and learn a thing or two about what's happening in her native state.
M.I.A.'s position on the conflict has been controversial because of her father's activism on behalf of the Tamil ethnic minorities. In the process she brought up an old beef with Cooper; the two ultimately made up. Without further commentary (and to spare you the seasickness you'll get if you look at M.I.A.'s Twitter stream, with its animated spinning gifs), here's the whole spat and makeup:
hair this#killingfields 2nite @ 22.55 on Channel4— M.I.A(@MIAuniverse) March 14, 2012
@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out , and expressed support for theSLgov when this was happening— M.I.A(@MIAuniverse) March 14, 2012
@miauniverse, you are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don't even know who you are other than the lady who sang at superbowl.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
@miauniverse. by the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I've no idea what youre tweeting about.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
@andersoncooper in 2009 u linked to a articl that was written about me with false info. there was a rebuttal on ur 360 site.— M.I.A(@MIAuniverse) March 15, 2012
@andersoncooper 2 months later 1ce every tamil had been silencedincluding me,the SLGOV carried out the killing of 40, 000 civilians— M.I.A(@MIAuniverse) March 15, 2012
@miauniverse you've gone from saying "I wrote", "I called you," to saying my cnn show blog had a link to an article. Big difference— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
@miauniverse we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
@miauniverse I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I'm glad you were able to respond.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
@miauniverse ....and the brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that very upsetting.— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 15, 2012
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