29 September, 2020

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Killing Fields: CNN’s Anderson Cooper And M.I.A. Get In Heated Twitter Feud

By US weekly

I'm glad you understand but please watch Killing Fields

As M.I.A. tuned in to watch Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, a film about the country’s war ending against the Tamil Tigers in 2009, on Wednesday, she was engaging in a different battle herself.

Starting what would become a multi-tweet feud with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the Sri Lankan singer tweeted, “Anderson Cooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov [Sri Lankan] when this was happening. Someone should make Anderson Cooper watch it/film it and show the world what happens when respected journos get it wrong.”

PHOTOS: Big celebrity meltdowns

Cooper took to his Twitter to defend himself, saying, “M.I.A., you are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don’t even know who you are other than the lady who sang at Super Bowl. By the way, I defended your finger pointing at the Super Bowl, so check your facts. I’ve no idea what you’re tweeting about.”

PHOTOS: M.I.A. gives the middle finger at the Super Bowl

“YOU CALLED ME A LADY TAMIL TIGER when I talked about Tamil civilians dying, and u printed a retraction,” M.I.A. fired back. “In 2009 you linked to a article that was written about me with false info. There was a rebuttal on your 360 site.”

“M.I.A. you’ve gone from saying ‘I wrote,’ ‘I called you,’ to saying my CNN show blog had a link to an article. Big difference,” the esteemed journalist responded. “M.I.A. we link to many articles with different viewpoints, and we gave you an opportunity to respond.”

PHOTOS: Ugly feuds

“Two months later once every Tamil had been silenced including me, the SLGOV carried out the killing of 40, 000 civilians,” M.I.A. tweeted.

To wrap things up, Cooper posted, “I can understand your frustration if someone wrote untrue things about you, and I’m glad you were able to respond,” which got a retweet from M.I.A.

PHOTOS: See Anderson Cooper covered in tattoos!

“I’m glad you understand but please watch #killingfields because this is what I was trying to say,” adding, “P.S thank you for defending my finger, please watch Channel4 #killingfields.”

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    That is our Tamil girl.. Much more popular than the greatest cricket bowler Tamil Muralitharan.. There are no IF’s, and But’s with Mayangani MIA. She has the courage of her conviction to speak up and for the Tamils and the 100,000 Tamil civilians murdered, raped tortured and abused..

    Well done MIA. The jouney has just begun a few years ago. Do not hesitate to show the Middle Finger. Even Jay Leno defended your right with your own finger.. No one got hurt like the bombs, guns, missiles, grenades and bullets.

    Keep up the Good Work.. Bravo…..

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      Mr. Gnanakone, I presume you are also a part of the so called Tamil diaspora living out side Sri Lanka and talking of something that you have absolutely no idea. 100,000 Tamil Civilians killed? you are an absolute joke.

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        Chenna it is now established truth by UN and records that more than 146,000 civilians unaccounted for. do not try to hide the truth like GOSL. WHY GOSL IS SO AFRAID OF AN INEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGAION IF IT DOES NOT HAVE BLOOD IN ITS HANDS.???

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    Although it is my policy not to comment on anything precipitated by the ultra rich, Agenda driven, conglomerate mainstream media, (which may explain the reason why TIME’s celebrated Jyothi Thottam’s article experienced a dry spell in comments for quite a while. I don’t know how it’s doing now and cannot be bothered to know either because it’s TIME after all) I will make an exception for Anderson Cooper, despite his platinum hair, skin color and colorful eyes because at least he is trying.

    As for Donald Gnanakone, does it surprise you that you are a lone applauder? If you are applauding your Tamil girl, the least you can do is get her name right. So, be informed first that her name is not Mayangani but Mathangi
    Arulpragasam.

    The immaturity and partisanship of you and your diaspora is obvious because you cannot applaud your Mathangi,( do note the name) without bringing down your own Tamil man Muralitharan.

    You keep your role in funding those guns, bombs and land mines that killed Sinhalese, Muslim and your own Tamils carefully under wraps. Why???

    It is not surprising Jay Leno, Cooper, etc. defending MIA ‘s Superbowl stunt since in the traditionless United States, it may be viewed as cool?

    Cooper you are disappointing. Of course, you tried to initiate a dialogue which obviously did not workout. But the question you should have asked her is ‘How MIA’s hand signals would affect or impact the thousands of Tamil men, women and children living in difficult circumstances in Sri Lanka’s North?’ I ask this question in the light of the Tamil diaspora’s insistence that it is fighting for the hapless Tamils in the North of Sr Lanka.

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    Civilians, Killed?? It is that terrorist organization which killed civilians. SL army rescued Civilians and Hunted down terrorists. Know one thing; if any human or animal carrying a weapon/firearm attacking civilians, that’s a terrorist, and SL army will hunt them down!! All civilians if not got killed by terrorists, and came to refuge of SL army were rescued and taken care of, they are given new houses and relocated.

    The Government do have bad reputation of mistreating the citizens in general; and it is not something that targets only Tamils. Anyone Sinhalese Muslim or Tamil speaking against the Govt on public would probably get kidnapped by a white van; that’s a totally different thing, not targeting only Tamils.

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      Freek Thinker,
      It’s easy to be freekish, but very difficult to be a Tamil with self respect and watch 40,000 Tamils killed in a week. GOSL is hell bent in disguising this fact. Even the former Prime Minister expressed disgust about what she saw in Cahnnel 4 although she and her parents were responsible in frustrating the Tamils until they took to arms to defend themselves…worst the army is literally raping Tamil women and culture and their actions are defended by the GOSL. You deserve Rajapksa’s to rule and ruin …..

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    She doesn’t look like “female”. From the thumbnail I thought that’s some guy with long hair.

    • 0
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      vimal veerawansa is not looking like a man but a female with short beared.Did you notice

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    well the bottomline is; “please watch Channel4 #killingfields”. The terra girl is working for the same. She is trying to get more attention.

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    Sam Sathy,
    Please do note that there are a lot of people demanding accountability and pressuring the Government to take accountability seriously as well. Unfortunately, as far as I know, very few of these people are in Geneva right now.

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    Hello Donald,
    Hows human rights business?I am sure that it’s more rewarding than credit card fraud and drug trafficking.More dough and minimum risk.Warning,in case you run out of Tamil human rights issues,don’t venture into human rights issues in Afghanistan and Iraq.Know why?The US and NATO will put you out of business.You would have no problem in creating phony issues concerning Tamils.$$$$$$$.
    PS-Have you given up arms smuggling?Your services are much needed by the darling rebels in Syria.

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    To Sam Sathy,
    I need to say it is very difficult to be a Tamil who grams children Tamil parents, give orders to kill the Tamils and Burn alive Tamils. But, The LTTE leader whom you are trying to white wash now, did all the worst to Tamil. Have you forgotten that past.
    How can u speak about self respect. U loose your respect while speaking these bullshit.
    Even, U have not watched or not realized what Former President CBK said. She spoke only what her children said. Watch it again.

    They took arms not to defend themselves as you said. You are free to say anything but you can’t change the history. It is written. Not only in books but in the hearts of the patriotic citizens of this country. – Anjana

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      Anjana,
      as I said, you all are hopeless and that’s why the country is in such sorry state. Your government and politicians are dancing to the tune of the Indian. Chinese have taken over good part of the country. And crooks are robbing the country. You keep praising this murderous regime. keep doing it…….Doesn’t matter who said what, it was quoted by CBK as a disgraceful atrocity by the your government. That’s what matters.

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    Pathetic. Two sets of extremists in a verbal duel. Naturally this beautiful country is in such a total mess! How sad.

  • 0
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    “Anderson Cooper called me a terrorist”- MIA. Well said Anderson Cooper! Love From Sri Lanka!

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