The songwriter and hip hop artist, M.I.A (Mathangi Arulpragasam) told music fans on Friday night at the world renowned UK festival, Glastonbury, to “Stop Tamil Deportations”, with dancers wearing T-shirts reading #StopTamilDeportation.
Causing a characteristic stir the singer tweeted minutes before she was due to begin that the BBC had refused to broadcast her act as the T-shirts were “too political”.
BBC Glastonbury, which has been broadcasting events at the music festival live, responded quickly via its twitter account emphatically refuting the allegation of censorship.
BBC DJ Stuart Maconie at the event also tweeted: “Don’t know where M.I.A gets her info from but we fully intend to broadcast some of her set. And we’re streaming it”.