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Timeline: M.I.A. vs. Lynn Hirschberg of the New York Times


By Chris Richards

It's been a tweeting frenzy ever since reporter Lynn Hirschberg's less-than-flattering New York Times Magazine profile of Brit-rapper-provacateur M.I.A. landed online yesterday. For a moment, it seemed like the whole thing might blow over, but today, M.I.A. voiced her displeasure with the piece by tweeting Hirschberg's phone number.

Here's Click Track's handy guide to the dramarama:

- Wednesday afternoon: Hirschberg's New York Times Magazine profile goes online. The piece aims to deflate the rapper's highly curated image. Sample quote: “'I kind of want to be an outsider,' [M.I.A.] said, eating a truffle-flavored French fry."

- Thursday around 11 a.m.: M.I.A. tweets: "CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day..." along with a phone number. Turns out, it's Hirschbergs's number. Crank calling ensues.

- Thursday, 1:15 p.m.: The New York Observer asks Hirschberg for a response. Hirschberg says she found the tweet "infuriating and not surprising," but says she will not change her phone number.

- Thursday around 1 p.m.: M.I.A. tweets again: "NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!! >>>>."

- Thursday, 2:20 p.m.: We publish this blog post, realizing that it gives us the opportunity to use this cool 3-D M.I.A. image for the umpteenth time.

- Thursday, 5:40 p.m.: We learn that said cool 3-D M.I.A. image actually makes rest of our blog invisible on certain browsers, so we swap another image in.

Check back for further developments.

By Chris Richards  |  May 27, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
Categories:  News  | Tags: M.I.A.  
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