Young Actor Defends Violent Video
The red-headed boy playing the victim of anti-redhead American soldiers in U.K. rapper M.I.A.'s censored video has come to its defense. Although apparently yanked from YouTube by Vivendi's Universal Music Group, M.I.A.'s record label, ostensibly because of its violent content, the nearly 10-minute long video "Born Free" has "gone viral" on the Internet. (The boy is one of several rounded up by the soldiers apparently for the "crime" of being redheaded.) In a posting on Stereogum.com (http //stereogum.com/author/ianhamrick) and other websites on Wednesday, Ian Hamrick, who appears to be about 10 years old in the video, wrote that M.I.A. "was cool on set and it was a great chance to to tell everyone that bully's [sic] suck no matter what country you are from or who you are picking on. Jewish, Black, Asian, Indian, yes even redheads. There are countries killing their own people! Their own relatives and families! Kids that get blown up in old landmines. I am proud to be a part of M.I.A.'s shout out to the world."