News: Madonna Upset Over M.I.A's Halftime Middle Finger Stunt, "It's Such A Teenager, Irrelevant Thing To Do" [Audio]

Friday, Feb 10, 2012 4:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Pop icon Madonna has finally broken her silence on rapper M.I.A.'s show-stealing middle finger gesture at last weekend's Super Bowl XLVI game and how upsetting the obscene move really was.

Admitting she was just as shocked as the rest of America, Madonna detailed her confusion over M.I.A.'s move.

Madonna called in to "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" to discuss her Super Bowl performance including the controversy around M.I.A.'s digit malfunction, and whether or not we can expect Britney Spears on her upcoming single "Girls Gone Wild." Since stepping off the Super Bowl stage controversy has swirled due to Madonna's guest performer. M.I.A. raising a middle finger during the performance. Madonna confesses: "I was really surprised. I didn't know anything about it. I wasn't happy about it. I understand it's punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It's such a teenager...irrelevant thing to do...there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place." (Ryan Seacrest)

M.I.A. raised eyebrows last weekend after flicking off television cameras during their performance.

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)

Following her stunt, NBC released a public apology for the halftime gesture.

"We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." (Associated Press)

The rapper could possibly shell out a hefty fine for her actions.

M.I.A. will end up paying any fines imposed on NBC as a result of her finger wag during the Super Bowl halftime show ... sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ. Our sources say ... the NFL has indemnified NBC ... because the NFL is responsible for the halftime content. But the NFL was smart, given the history of performers who wanted to do something shocking to get attention during the biggest TV event of the year. So we're told ... M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL for the halftime performance, and in that contract M.I.A. agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it might be forced to pay if the FCC comes down on the Peacock Network. Remember, CBS was hit with a $550,000 FCC fine after Janet Jackson's famous wardrobe malfunction, but that fine was thrown out by a federal appeals court. Sources tell us ... aside from the fact that the NFL doesn't want to pay a huge fine, the organization wants to send a message to performers -- don't you dare screw with us. (TMZ)

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