M.I.A. battling NFL over middle finger in Super Bowl halftime show

September 21, 2013 2:12 AM

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M.I.A. battling NFL over middle finger in Super Bowl halftime show

The British-Sri Lankan pop star has been embroiled for months in a behind-the-scenes battle with pro football officials over her Super Bowl XLVI show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the league is upset because during a number with headliner Madonna, M.I.A. raised her middle finger and mouthed, "I don't give a ...."

Casual viewers of NBC's live telecast could easily have missed the gesture and mouthed obscenity, which lasted only a second before the cameras cut away. While M.I.A. caught some flak from critics and viewers immediately after the show, the controversy died down after a few days.

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