M.I.A.'s middle finger punctuates Super Bowl halftime show
Rapper M.I.A. provided a middle finger salute to network cameras Sunday night.
February 6th, 2012
12:49 AM ET

M.I.A.'s middle finger punctuates Super Bowl halftime show

Ahead of her Super Bowl halftime show, singer Madonna promised there would be no "wardrobe malfunction." What she didn't guarantee was no obscene gestures.

Rapper M.I.A. provided a middle finger salute to network cameras Sunday night during the 12-minute extravaganza, when she joined Madonna during a performance of the latter's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin.'"

The apologies from the NFL and NBC came quickly - they blamed each other.

"There was a failure in NBC's delay system," said Brian McCarty, the league's vice president of communications. "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans."

"The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show," NBC said. "Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."

The episode was reminiscent of the 2004 Super Bowl when singer Janet Jackson's nipple was briefly exposed during a performance with singer Justin Timberlake.

The infamous "wardrobe malfunction" episode, as it came to be known, prompted the Federal Communications Commission to fine broadcaster CBS $550,000. In November, a divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FCC improperly punished the network.

Since then, the NFL has maintained tight control over the show's production.

Fast forward to Sunday and what the NBC dubbed M.I.A's "spontaneous gesture."

As in 2004, the episode occurred when the New England Patriots were playing in the big game.

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  1. No Headroom

    Huh?......MIA?....Did Rambo make another sucessful rescue?

    February 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. No Headroom

    Now there's one nasty ho....

    February 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alex Csura

    How insanely ridiculously is CNN? They tout themselves as an *Respected International News Company*? News for who... 10 year old children? Blackening out the "middle finger"??? You've got to be kidding me !!! Funny how they don't have any problems showing videos of BRUTAL VICIOUS acts of VIOLENCE from all over the world... ALL DAY LONG on TV. "But golly gee, Wally, I hope they don't show the actual picture of someone *flipping the bird* ", said the young Beaver Cleaver. This is a PERFECT example of just how effed up this country (US) is. In the year 2012, when a legitimate (and allegedly) respected source of journalism, like CNN, thinks of (and treats) its readers like children by "blackening out" the middle finger in an article that's nothing more than a piece of fluff journalism anyway, it shows how CNN and its editors view the (American) public. And that is....as nothing more than children. Children who would be *harmed* in some way unless the *adults at CNN* protected the gullible, naive, childlike Americans who need to be shielded from the scary "middle finger" because the term that goes with it also has sexual conotations. And believing that all American adults (BTW, with RARE exceptions, children DO NOT read CNN online) are sexually repressed religious sheep who need a father figure to decide what is appropriate for them to read or see. Mainly anything dealing with sex (in any way) or what they deem to be related to *morals*. Violence is fine, of course. But a middle finger or, heaven forbid, a "heiney" is a no no. WHAT A JOKE!

    February 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. luckydog

    of course this is just another look-at-me wardrobe malfunction and CNN gives them exactly what was meticulously planned by this obese, talentless trash: free publicity.

    February 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oh, DC...

    MIA, I understand your frustration with the media, and news networks etc., but the timeing was not right...Good for publicity, but it was quite negative...lol but publicity none the less. Good to see her back on the stage! When I heard Madonna was performing in the halftime show my reaction was "She still does that?" LOL Sorry, Madonna.

    February 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff

    If the media really cared about obscenity, they wouldn't give any more attention to this. I didn't even see it when it happened and would not have known about it otherwise. Now, thanks to the news, I've seen M.I.A.'s middle finger over and over again.

    February 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. andy

    The IDIOT MIA Rapper who likes to shoot the entire world a bird during a superbowl football halftime show just crapped in her own messkit. That's not a "cool" thing its a MORONIC thing. Is she doing it to embarress everyone? Why? To hell with her birds! To hell with her! Madonna got her show ruined by a rapper who wanted to tell the entire world to "F off"!
    What a tiny, tiny brain with a miniscule understanding of life. What an obscene gesture for no good reason. What a bad singer in a bad costume. What a horrible performance and "dive" entertainment meant to ruin it for everybody just to show she could bird the entire world. Rapper MIA sucks!

    February 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amom

    If they don't want that kind of stuff, they shouldn't deal with wannabe rappers and thugs. Just don't hire them. She will go back to obscurity soon enough.

    February 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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