Marc Piasecki, Getty Images As The Boombox previously reported, rapper M.I.A.…
- Posted on Feb 6th 2012 11:05AM by Theo Spielberg
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Though Madonna promised there would be "no nipples" at the Super Bowl, she didn't say anything about errant digits. The gesture was at once covert enough to escape the seven-second delay (the image was fuzzed out too late) and offensive enough to make headlines.
Both the NFL and NBC issued statements concerning the affair, according to Entertainment Weekly. NBC said, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."
Meanwhile, the NFL didn't hesitate to lay the blame squarely on the network claiming, "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" thus sparking a debate on the level of most schoolyard squabbles. NBC was quick to retort, arguing, "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."
M.I.A. is fresh off the success of her new video 'Bad Girls,' which looked as if it was perched to erase the bad press following her most recent album cycle and the old truffle fries incident. However, given that the rapper erroneously has to have a gunshot in just about all of her songs, maybe its not so shocking that while performing at the Super Bowl she made a gesture that said, "America, I'm totally anti-establishment." Because, you know, that doesn't smack of hypocrisy at at all.