M.I.A. Flips the Middle Finger During Super Bowl Halftime Show

For those who were wondering why M.I.A. would even be on stage with Madonna during Sunday night's Super Bowl halftime concert, maybe there was a method to her madness.

 

M.I.A., a British rapper and social activist known for her brash and rebellious style, flipped the middle finger during her performance and according to several reports, she said the following. although it was barely audible: "I don't give a shit."

 

The incident caused NBC to issue a statement almost immediately: 

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

The NFL also issued a statement:

“There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.”