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By Nadeska Alexis
There were no big mishaps during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show—sorry to those of you who were hoping otherwise—but there was still one slightly controversial, if unnecessarily lewd act. While making her guest appearance during Madonna’s performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin,” along with Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. decided to throw up her middle finger at the cameras. NBC Sports immediately issued an apology for the stunt in a statement. “We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.”
Hard to say exactly what message the outspoken rapper was trying to get across here. Was she hoping that her gesture would combat the family-friendly cheerleader outfit she was forced to wear? NBC’s cameras were unable to blur the moment in time, but even if it passed too quickly you might’ve noticed a brief freeze frame about halfway through the trio’s performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin,” when the finger, in question, went up.
Here’s what the tweet reactions to M.I.A.’s antics looked like:
@AmyVernon: A gesture malfunction?
@nicoleTjay:Two second late blur? Nice try NBC but you just got owned by M.I.A.’s middle finger.
@joshjackson:M.I.A. Didn’t flip us all off. She just had a middle finger malfunction.
@THAT_TwiGGa M.I.A.’s publicist is going to kill her for that middle finger
@DaUndiscovrdOne:Wow M.I.A., you just got FINEED for that Middle Finger stunt! Smh
@hanWhite15: Was that M.I.A.’s middle finger?! Hahhahaha MESS
@iHateKikiAyers:OMG they are gonna get M.I.A for the middle finger!!!!!!! They censored it late!
@xzachbaronx:M.I.A., middle finger, no reason. There is no human I like more, basically
@lnweatherspoon:Your tv went out cause M.I.A. stuck her middle finger up during the performance. You’ll hear about it later. #superbowlantics
@Sassoon: will M.I.A.’s middle finger be extra, ultra controversial? we’ll see
@erchevalj:…oh and NBC, you missed blurring out M.I.A.’s middle finger by about 5 seconds. #halftimefail