M.I.A.'s video garnered several comparisons to Rebel Without A Cause, thanks to its drag race and "live fast, die young" ethos. It features women in niqabs driving cars to protest the oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. The video portrays the fun, badass lifestyle that is key to M.I.A.'s image.
“M.I.A. released a music video for her song “Bad Girls,” and at first glance it appears to be a political statement about women drivers in Saudi Arabia. Then again, maybe the Sri Lankan rapper adopted a stylish Arabic aesthetic because it looks cool. It’s hard to tell with M.I.A.” – Claire Suddath, TIME
“Definitely a video for, and by, thrill-seekers, even the singer herself admitted that the lyrics hit close to home, saying “I thought I was gonna die on the shoot when I saw the drifting… In my mind I was thinking how I was gonna deliver the video…. with no legs”. But I guess that’s just part of the daily grind for a true “Bad Girl”…” – Comfort Clinton, PopMatters