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Singer M.I.A. sports middle finger during halftime: Super Bowl classic gets classless

mia0201612_optBY BOB HOLT

There were no wardrobe malfunctions during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but there was an issue involving a singer’s use of fingers.

The Parents Television Council said NBC fumbled and called the NFL “liars” when Maya Arulpragasam, or M.I.A., flipped off a nationwide audience, and the gesture was not blurred by NBC.

“It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer,” said the organization’s president Tim Winter, according to "Last week the NFL formally told the PTC that the halftime show would be ‘appropriate.’ Most families would agree that the middle finger aimed directly at them is not appropriate.”

Both NBC and the NFL apologized for the incident. NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said, according to Time, “It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.” And NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, and we apologize to our fans.”

According to, M.I.A. does a gunshot motion with her fingers in the video for Madonna’s new song, "Give Me All Your Luvin'." Along with M.I.A., Madonna was accompanied by LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green.

The PTC heavily criticized the wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson at the 2004 Super Bowl show, and said the NFL and NBC enabled the latest gesture to happen. The network said their monitoring system tried to blur the middle finger, but were too late by a fraction of a second.

Comments (4)
4 Tuesday, 07 February 2012 19:13
Asha Amani
Good. That's what they get for talking about my girl Janet! There was no reason to bring up her name when that incident happened years ago, and HoeDonna instigated. She should have shut her mouth. She'll never have the class and integrity Janet has! But you can't make money or get your point across without trying to degrade some one else. ITS THE AMERICAN WAY!
3 Tuesday, 07 February 2012 00:40
Mary Whitehouse
Absolutely stunned about this - I have been unable to watch TV since seeing this and have been having cold sweats and nausea. My doctor tells me I'll probably have to stay off work for the next three months.

This is typical of the filth that these British artists have been bringing over to these shores since the early sixties. They should all be banned and thrown out of the country immediately.
2 Monday, 06 February 2012 19:35
She showed battened disrespect to every citizen out there. It was a slap in the face to all who put here where she is... If I were a fan I would burn her albums....
1 Monday, 06 February 2012 18:50
Rapper TJ
Much ado about absolutely NOTHING.

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