In a new interview with London's Evening Standard, M.I.A. criticized the exclusivity of the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly naming Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar in her comments. "It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It's not a new thing to me — it's what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question," she said. "You can't ask it on a song that's on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back."

Earlier today, she took to Twitter to clarify her comments after receiving backlash for the statement.