M.I.A. Subject To Fines For Super Bowl Middle Finger

By Sarah Brotherton

M.I.A. will certainly not be attending the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI celebratory parade in New York on Tuesday afternoon (February 7). The controversial rapper, who performed in Sunday’s halftime show alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj, will be responsible for any FCC fines enforced upon NBC for her inappropriate act. During a performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin,” M.I.A. threw up the middle finger to the camera and the delay was too slow to block it from broadcasting, stirring up quite the controversy for the “Paper Planes” artist.

NBC spokesperson Christopher McCloskey addressed the incident saying, “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”

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According to Rolling Stone, before her performance, M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL in which she agreed to incur any fines given to the NFL by the FCC should she commit an inappropriate or unsuitable act on camera. This contract is believed to have come as a result from the Janet Jackson halftime scandal in 2004 where CBS was forced to pay $550,000 dollars in fines for her “indecent exposure” during the performance. NBC defends these potential fines arguing that the NFL themselves hired and produced the halftime show, so the repercussions should fall on them. If this contract is real, M.I.A. may be spending a little more money then she “boom, boom, boom,” takes.