M.I.A. flips the bird to the Super Bowl audience

Strike a pose, there's nothing to it. Here's a screen shot of agit-rapper M.I.A. lamely trying to gin up a controversy by flipping the bird to the audience at home during her guest spot with Madonna on "Give Me All Your Luvin'," during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night. Via TMZ.


UPDATE: The Associated Press has reported that NBC attempted to blur the image, but the network wasn't quick enough: "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime," spokesman Christopher McCloskey said afterwards. "It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

ANOTHER UPDATE: TMZ reports that if the FCC fines NBC for M.I.A.'s extended finger, the artist born Maya Arulpragrasam will be on the hook to pay it, thanks to a clause in the contract that she signed. In 2004, after the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction incident, CBS was hit with a $550,000 fine.   

More on the halftime show here. M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" video is here.

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