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.