MIA who is known for not conforming or being a follower once again took a stand against the man over the weekend. At the years biggest event the Super Bowl halftime show MIA was performing alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj. At the end of her verse, MIA stopped just short of swearing and instead extended her middle finger to the camera.
Madonna earned praise early on for her half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but it was her guest star M.I.A. who may have stolen the headlines from her by making an obscene gesture during the show. M.I.A, the stage name of the hip-hop performer Maya Arulpragasam, appeared with the rapper Nicki Minaj to sing "Give Me All Your Luvin'," a new Madonna song that was performed during a medley of the Material Girl's hits. At the end of her verse, M.I.A. stopped just short of singing a vulgar lyric and extended her middle finger to the camera. The television broadcast appeared to go blurry just after this, but not in time to obscure the gesture. (New York Times)
NBC and the NFL quickly offered apologies but once again a small thing that most people probably didnt even notice is now becoming more talked about then the whole Super Bowl event.
NBC issued this statement:
"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." (Associated Press)