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M.I.A. Debuts the Video for “Double Bubble Trouble”: Watch

Orwell references abound in M.I.A.'s latest clip

M.I.A. has released an uncensored video for the dubstep inspired track “Double Bubble Trouble” off of her 2013 LP Matangi.

The video was released this afternoon, after M.I.A. tweeted: “My label has my video , they havnt uploaded for 4 days > they wont let me upload > whats is the point? smh”

M.I.A. directed the politically-charged video, which is the first video she’s made on her own since the one she directed for Elastica’s “Mad Dog God Dam,” according to Twitter.

She uses her three-plus minutes of screen time to explore the question of living in a world where people can 3-D print guns. “What if you could make weapons like these in your own home using what’s called a three-dimensional printer?” narrates a voice at the top of the video. “This sounds like science fiction, but to some, it’s not so far-fetched.”

The clip mashes up images of mask-wearing gangsters and others wielding guns of their choice, blanketing an important political message under neon effects and a lo-fi feel. Alongside the parrots, monkeys and gun-toting kids, the video includes references to Orwell’s 1984 — although Orwell probably didn’t imagine all the psychedelia and strobe effects.

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