The Eastsider reports that a mural that rests above Sunset Junction and has been there more than a decade is being covered up by an ad for the new M.I.A album "Maya."
Even though obviously M.I.A. wasn't the one to decide to put an advertisement over a mural of the Zapotec woman Graciela Iturbide, this somehow fits with a recent profile of M.I.A. (real name: Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam) as a phony.
In this brutal New York Times Magazine piece, she comes across as radical chic, all Third World revolutionary while living in Brentwood.
What Maya wants is nearly impossible to achieve: she wants to balance outrageous political statements with a luxe lifestyle; to be supersuccessful yet remain controversial; for style to merge with substance
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Read the whole thing. You'll come away questioning how authentic M.I.A.'s radical politics really are.
M.I.A. hated it so much she tweeted the reporter's cell phone number. Always a classy move.
For balance, this review of the new album is more sympathetic (and a great read.)
Anyway, back to Silver Lake: The Eastsider wonders whether it's an illegal billboard (and how neighborhood art can be protected.) We have a call in with Planning to find out.