Lynn Hirschberg’s Response to M.I.A. Tweet: ‘Fairly Unethical’ and ‘Infuriating’

This morning, M.I.A. tweeted out writer Lynn Hirschberg’s phone number in response to a piece in this weekend’s Times Magazine. The tweet seemed to suggest that M.I.A. wasn’t much of a fan of the piece.

What was Ms. Hirschberg’s reaction?

“I find it kind of interesting that she would cast the spotlight on the story in any way, shape or form,” said Ms. Hirschberg. “I can’t say what she thinks of it. But it seems you would want it to go away.”

What did she think of the tweet?

“It’s a fairly unethical thing to do, but I don’t think it’s surprising,” she continued. “She’s a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative.”

She also said that she found it “infuriating and not surprising.”

Ms. Hirschberg said she wouldn’t change her phone number.

“The messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.,” she said. “If she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number.”

Some people have already drawn comparisons between the M.I.A piece and Ms. Hirschberg’s famous Vanity Fair takedown of Courtney Love from 1992. Any thoughts on that?

“I don’t think the pieces have anything to do with each other,” she said. “I think M.I.A. is a completely different animal—she’s closer to Madonna than to Courtney.”

And wait! Breaking! M.I.A. has tweeted again. This time, she tweeted, “NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!!”

“I have no idea what she’s talking about,” said Ms. Hirschberg.

The piece is Ms. Hirschberg’s last at The Times Magazine under her current contract. She’s becoming an editor-at-large at W. Lynn Hirschberg’s Response to M.I.A. Tweet: ‘Fairly Unethical’ and ‘Infuriating’