NBC and the NFL are both apologizing for the ‘middle finger malfunction’ of British hip-hop star M.I.A. during the Super Bowl halftime show. No, she didn’t have an infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction moment. This time the flesh causing an uproar was the upraised middle finger in M.I.A.’s obscene gesture to the cameras during the Madonna Super Bowl halftime show performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin'” on Sunday.
Halfway through the insane, over-the-top Madonna halftime show, M.I.A. apparently decided she was just not getting enough of the worship fest going on. So, the “Paper Planes” singer raised her middle finger in a rude gesture andÂ rapped out “I don’t give a s**t*” at the cameras. NFL censors tried to blur out the obscene middle finger salute, but they didn’t quite get the timing right. So, 100 million fans watching the Super Bowl halftime show were gifted with a f**k you from M.I.A.
M.I.A.’s middle finger flip-off will now go down in history as yet another example of performers using their body parts to get attention in a negative way. Now, while we don’t think M.I.A.’s middle finger salute is quite as offensive as Janet Jackson’s bare breast hanging out, it was still a just as much of a pointless display and juvenile cry for attention.
We’re sure her child will be so very proud of Mom.
The NFL and NBC have both now apologize over the incident, although both entities seem to be trying to blame the other for the middle finger malfunction.
“There was a failure in NBC’s delay system,” NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said in a press statement. “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, every disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.”
NBC, however, is taking the NFL to task because they “hired the talent and produced the halftime show.” A spokesman for the network said in a press statement that the “system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our views.”
So far, M.I.A.’s representatives have not commented on the middle finger malfunction incident during the Madonna Super Bowl halftime show. A source allegedly close to the hip-hop star, however, reportedly claims it was all a mistake. “She wasn’t thinking,” the source said, according to the Daily Mail. “It wasn’t any kind of statement… She was caught in the moment and she’s incredibly sorry.”