The 12-year-old boy who meets a bloody end in M.I.A.'s controversial new music video has stepped up to defend the rapper after the violent promo was banned on YouTube.com. M.I.A. premiered the video on her official website on Monday, April 26, but the clip was immediately banned by YouTube bosses for its graphic violence and nudity.
In the promo, military police round up red-headed boys in a series of violent raids, transport them to a remote desert location and then force them to run through a minefield, beating those who make it to death. Child actor Ian Hamrick, whose character is shot in the head at close range, has yet to see the full video, but he insists M.I.A. doesn't deserve criticism for filming the bloody massacre.
He tells TMZ.com, "I think she was trying to show violence to end violence. The video is definitely not for kids - I haven't even seen the full video myself - but, for all the adults and people in different countries who are doing that (killing people) in real life... doing the genocides to whatever - Italians, Africans, wherever it's from, it's still genocide (sic). So it's showing violence to end violence."