At our house, M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" has been in heavy rotation at our house (LB says "Play again? Play again?"), a year after everyone else. When it came out, the video for the song was heavily critiqued for its orientalist imagery. Here's a nice balanced discussion. Video aside, M.I.A. is ethnically Tamil, Sri Lankan, raised largely in London performing music rooted in Black America. And she does it well. So does M.I.A. have credibility because she's good, because she's not performing class, because her body is covered, because she is brown? (I'm not even trying to have answers to all those questions.)
And then there's this monstrosity (below). I think what I said when I watched this with B was "is this performance art or something." I don't even understand how Lil' Debbie manages to fit so many offensive images into one video, but she does. I need to keep this one on file for future exhibit As about race, gender, sexuality, and cultural appropriation.