Twitter War! M.I.A. Claims Anderson Cooper "Called Me a Terrorist"
Another celebrity Twitter feud has broken out! M.I.A. went Tweet-for-Tweet with Anderson Cooper yesterday after the singer claimed the journalist called her a "terrorist."
The war started after M.I.A., who is of Sri Lankan descent, Tweeted, "@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov when this was happening." She added, "Someone should make @AndersonCooper watch it / film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong #killingfields."
M.I.A. was referencing the documtary, The Killing Fields, about the 2009 assault on the Tamil Tigers by the Sri Lankan army.
Anderson Tweeted in reply, "What are you talking about?... @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.... @miauniverse. by the way, I defended your finger pointing at the superbowl, so check your facts. I've no idea what youre tweeting about."
Even Madonna didn't do that!
M.I.A. tried to defend her claims explaining, "@andersoncooper YOU CALLED ME A LADY TAMIL TIGER when i talked about tamil civilians dying, and u printed a retraction."
She linked to this Anderson Cooper 360º blog, which was not written by Anderson.
"@andersoncooper in 2009 u linked to a articl that was written about me with false info. there was a rebuttal on ur 360 site," she added. "@andersoncooper 2 months later 1ce every tamil had been silenced including me, the SLGOV carried out the killing of 40, 000 civilians."
And that's where Anderson took down M.I.A. claims and prevented this Twitter war from going any further.
"@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," he Tweeted. "we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond. I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I'm glad you were able to respond. ... and the brutal war in SL has not gotten enough coverage in the US, and I know that very upsetting."
To that, M.I.A. backed down.
"@andersoncooper p.s thank you for defending my finger , please watch Channel4 #killingfields by @jonsnowC4. im glad u understand but please watch #killingfields because this is what i was trying to say."