M.I.A. Responds to NFL Over Super Bowl Middle Finger Controversy in New Video
M.I.A. and the folks over at the NFL are still battling over the English-Sri Lankan rapper's usage of the middle finger during Madonna’s televised Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance in 2012. The football league wants M.I.A to fork over $1.5 million in restitution. In addition, they want the 38-year-old lightning rod to give a public apology for her actions, according to Consequence of Sound.
Not taking it lying down, M.I.A. and her legal team have promised “an all-out assault on the NFL’s claims of being a brand devoted to high morals.” The “assault” began today with a YouTube video (watch it below) that finds M.I.A. talking about the Super Bowl drama on the telephone with an unspecified person. The fact that the singer is wearing an Oakland Raiders jersey in the clip only makes it all the more of an "F you" to the NFL.
In the two-and-half-minute video, M.I.A. calls the middle finger controversy “completely ridiculous” and “boring.” The singer also says that the cheerleaders Madonna hired for the halftime performance were “all under 16” and asks, “Is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”
Watch M.I.A.'s Video Response to the NFL: