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Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:58 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:29 am
Turns out, Madonna wasn't that impressed with M.I.A. and her middle finger. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

You may have heard something about Madonna being the halftime entertainment at Super Bowl XLVI. For the most part, the show went off without a hitch. There were plenty of pyrotechnics and dancers and, well, all the things we've come to expect from one of television's biggest spectacles. There was even a special guest -- M.I.A.

And while it wasn't a Janet Jackson-level code red, M.I.A. did cause collective panties to bunch when, during her performance with Madonna on the song "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" she extended her middle finger and later uttered an expletive. NBC and the NFL scrambled to issue apologies.

On Friday, Madonna called into "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" and spoke publicly for the first time about the hubbub.

“I was really surprised,” she said according to “I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager … irrelevant thing to do … there was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was just out of place.”

This is the older, wiser Madonna talking. At 53, she sounds a lot different than the woman Rolling Stone's Caryn Ganz described as "[T]he most consistently controversial one since Elvis Presley … until she toned down her press-baiting behavior in the Nineties."

No word on if the FCC will fine NBC for M.I.A.'s one-finger salute. Following Breastgate '04, the FCC fined CBS $550,000. The federal agency subsequently increased the fine for such incidents to $325,000 a pop, which means that M.I.A.'s actions could cost NBC as much as $650,000.

Word on the street is that there was no underlying motive behind M.I.A.'s artistic choices other than “adrenaline and nerves,” and she got “caught up in the moment.”

For what it's worth, we were in the auxiliary press boxes for Super Bowl XLVI and neither saw nor heard M.I.A. violating the FCC's indecency laws. Franky, we didn't even know she was there. (see below for visual proof -- click photos to enlarge).

The view of the halftime show from the auxillary press box. (Ryan Wilson, Even zoomed in it was hard to make out naughty hand gestures. (Ryan Wilson,

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Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:01 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

People are sooooo lame: first off, who cares?  M.I.A. is getting exactly what she wanted...which is sad, because I'm a big fan of hers, but man, what a laaaame lame effort to get people riled.  It's just sad that it actually worked.

That said...I am in love with M.I.A....she is super cute :) 

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 2:04 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

We need to keep all these talentless, trashy  celebrities in porn where they belong.  The only time I want to see a pop star, reality star, or anyone like that open their mouth is when a penis is being inserted into it.  Until they have something to offer other than the way they look, I don't want to see them unless they are naked and performing sex acts.  That is the only thing interesting they are capable of.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:19 pm

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it' have to be kidding,sexy,she wasn't sexy when she was 25 let alone 53,you either have poor taste or poor

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:48 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

At 53 Madonna is still sexy!  I could care less about whoever the M.I.A person is. 

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:23 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

when will these people learn their lesson

Which lesson? The one that says any publicity is good publicity? I didn't like what M.I.A. did, but considering how many people have talked about her since the Super Bowl, flipping the bird on live TV was the best career move she ever made.

As for the suggestion to have the pope speak at halftime, while I know (at least, I hope) it was facetious, I'll take a hundred people flipping the bird over the pope. No amount of middle fingers could ever be more offensive than an organization that enabled and covered up decades of child abuse, all the while telling everyone else how they should live.

I thought Madonna was alright. Whether she was lip-synching or not, I don't really care. It would be one thing if she was doing that for her concerts when people are paying big money to see her perform, but the Super Bowl halftime show isn't a concert, it's a "show" and a spectacle. The production itself was impressive and visually impressive.

As for the poster who took a shot at her for "almost falling," I'd like to see you pull of the moves she did in the heels she was wearing. lol

Here's my solution and novel idea.....let's make the Super Bowl about football again. It's gotten real old hearing and reading people talk about commercials and halftime show faux pas. Can't do much about the commercials, but get rid of the halftime show and the long, extended half-hour break between the 2nd and 3rd quarters. If the NFL is so popular and the Super Bowl is "America's greatest celebration" (as one poster put it.....if it's true, that's kind of sad if you ask me), why does it need this extra bs?

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:42 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

Either those artists or maybe the halftime show should have the pope speak from now on. Geez, when will these people learn their lesson

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:21 am
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Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:42 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

First of all, why were all these extra artists--and I use the term very loosely--there in the first place? Secondly, of course, Madonna is upset--all the talk of her halftime show has focused on this loser whom most of us had never heard before this. It's no wonder she gave the finger. Look at all the publicity she is getting.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:37 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

Even if nobody saw it happen (very few people noticed it), what galls me is the mere attempt to do something profane or shocking during the halftime show. The Super Bowl is America's greatest celebration. To use the halftime show as a personal opportunity to try to insert yourself into the public consciousness with a vulgar gesture is pure selfishness. Was the show about her, or about the 111,000,000 viewers? Should NBC be fined? Yes, if possible. Even if it wasn't their fault, the only way to stop that sort of thing is with penalties. Then I hope NBC sues M.I.A. for damages.

M.I.A. is a POS.

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:09 am

Madonna on M.I.A.: 'I wasn't happy about it'

Yeah, man, you're right, there a LOT of unwritten rules in the entertainment industry, and that IS one of them. Don't embarass the people who have been around a hell of a lot longer than you, and are giving you a piece of food off of their plate, so to speak. M.I.A. should have checked her ego at the door and respected the fact that she was performing at the Super Bowl, not in England, at a pub somewhere, in front of a bunch of prepubescent teenage fools.

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