Now the NFL is suing her for $1.5m over her middle-finger at the Super Bowl, but she doesn't care about that, either. "It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money," she says in a video posted last month on YouTube. "It's ridiculous… a massive display of powerful corporation dick shaking." It's also an example of the hypocrisy of the music business, she says, pointing out that while she is scapegoated for her "display of female empowerment through punk rock", the NFL was happy to have cheerleaders "under 16… hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open… in a very sexually provocative position".
Misogyny and the exploitation of women are a recurrent theme in her music. What does she think about Miley Cyrus and her twerking? "It's a spectacle," is all she'll say. "I'm not talking about anyone else." She has more respect for Madonna's brand of self-exploitation, and tells me a funny story about a song she offered her from the new album, Sexodus. "I actually played that song to Madonna when I wrote it and said, 'Oh, you can have this.' She gave it back to me."
Madonna didn't think it was right for her, but MIA still wanted to know what she thought of the question behind it: when you have it all, what should you do with it? "So I was like, what d'you do? And she said, 'You spend it!' And I said, no, I don't think that's the right answer." Did it change her opinion of Madonna? "No, because Madonna is true to Madonna. She always said she was a material girl."