Watch: M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” Video More Than Arab Stunts & Chicks With Guns
I’ve come dangerously close to getting a tattoo of the song’s hook “Live fast. Die Young. Bad girls do it well,” or perhaps just making a t-shirt with them.
The feminist mantra is backed by an Arab-infused Danja beat that dares you not to move along.
Now that the outspoken artist has cleverly scarred Middle America for life during her Super Bowl Halftime performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, the timing to drop the “Bad Girls” official video couldn’t be better.
Filmed in Morocco, the video is directed by Romain Gavras who also shot her extremely controversial “Born Free” video.
The ‘Fast and the Furious’ meets Arab “hagwalah” style visuals feature drifting, bold ghost riders, road skating and women in burkas touting semi-autos.
The video is one part stunts, one part sex, and two parts political commentary on the equal rights Arab women are currently fighting for — particularly the right to drive. M.I.A.‘s video fits perfectly within the Arab Spring for women as the movement is gaining momentum.
“Bad Girls” will appear on M.IA.‘s upcoming untitled project and it’s available now on iTunes.