M.I.A. Brings Out the Clip Art

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Published August 11, 2010

The last video M.I.A. released, “Born Free,” caused a bit of a stir. In contrast, the images in her newest clip, for “XXOO,” are almost sardonically inoffensive (with the possible exception of the gold sabers that crop up in the background from time to time). Unicorns, glittering roses, and swans in the style of MySpace clip art abound, set against what appear to be the wallpaper options that came pre-installed on your first cell phone. Clad in a gold bodysuit, with soft backlighting catching on her teased hair, M.I.A. herself looks like nothing so much as an ‘90s Glamour Shot.