Is M.I.A.’s Flipping The Bird At Super Bowl The New Nipplegate?

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That’s it. They’re probably going to have hymns or something at the next Super Bowl. While Madonna guaranteed no Janet Jackson-esque nipple slips at her show during halftime, she probably didn’t feel the need to add any more clauses to her promise. Like “My guests and I won’t flip the bird on national television” for instance. M.I.A, as you probably saw last night and as evidenced from the photograph above, decided to point her middle finger directly at the cameras during her performance with Queen Madge forĀ “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

While we’re having a giggle about it, we’d still like to pose a question to you. Did she cross the line here? Considering most families in the country were united in watching the show, did her conscious effort to be — what’s the word for it? — “rebellious” really turn you off? Or are the rules totally different for artists, especially since there was no nudity? Also, how do you think Madonna’s feeling about M.I.A. stealing some of the post-performance headlines today?

Update: Both the NFL and NBC have apologized for the incident, which was watched by an estimated 110 million viewers on TV, according to The Associated Press. “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey didn’t accept responsibility for M.I.A.’s actions but was contrite about one thing: “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”
[Photo: Getty Images]