Instead of using her platform to spread helpful information, M.I.A. hopped on Twitter on Wednesday to share a few unpopular and unsettling opinions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most notably, the 44-year-old artist claimed she would “choose death” over a coronavirus vaccine if one was made available. "If I have to choose the vaccine or chip I'm gonna choose death,” she tweeted to her 650,000 followers. "Have a healthy life. Don't live in fear!"
Say what? 🤦♀️
Understandably, many Twitter users quickly hounded her with disagreement and let her know she was talking crazy. When someone called her an "anti vaxxer," she sent out a series of since-deleted tweets. "Yeah in America they made me [vaccinate] my child before the school admission," she responded, according to Billboard. "It was the hardest thing. To not have choice over this as a mother. I never wanna feel that again. He was so sick for 3 weeks then Docs had to pump him with antibiotics to reduce the fever from 3 vaxins."
"As an adult you have choice! By then you've built your immune system. You have a choice as an "adult" wishing you all good health," she continued in another tweet that was later deleted.
With little to no basis for her thinking, she went on to try and spread some false optimism. "Don't panic you are ok. You are not gonna die. You can make it without stressing the medical systems," she wrote. "Just breathe. You are going to be ok. You can make it through without jumping in the frying pan. You are fine. All the vaccines [you've] already had is enough to see you through."
Thanks, I guess?
She capped things off about a half hour later, attempting to get ahead of the backlash that was coming her way with one final statement: "Cancelling is irrelevant!" 😅
Here's what people had to say about the bizarre situation.