It turns out that Madonna was the last person to know about M.I.A.’s middle finger during her halftime show at the Super Bowl last Sunday.
I didn't know anything about it until I left," Madonna said to "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" on Friday, according to the New York Post. "I found out about it in the elevator on the way to go to the car to go to the airport.”
"I wasn’t happy about it," Madonna continued. "I understand it’s pretty punk rock and everything, but it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do. There was such a feeling of love and unity there. It was just out of place."
M.I.A. seemed to be sorry about her actions. ABC News reported that a source close to M.I.A. said that her actions came from "adrenaline and nerves," and being "caught up in the moment." The source said M.I.A. wasn’t trying to make a statement.
The New York Daily News reported that the Super Bowl was seen by a record 114 million viewers. Meanwhile, NBC and the NFL were busy blaming each other for the halftime incident. NBC said that the league hired the talent and produced the show, while the NFL claimed the gesture aired due to a failure in NBC's delay system.
Times have certainly changed. The Wrap reminds us that Madonna has not always been the model of decorum in her day. A few interesting moments from Madonna’s past include her book, “Sex,” loaded with provocative images, her album “Erotica, ” and the occasion when she used the term “f***” 13 times on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Madonna told Yahoo! Music that she started crying during her performance of "Like a Prayer." She said, “I felt an incredible sense of warmth, love, and support. To see an entire stadium light up like candles was like a religious experience."