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Super Bowl Scandal Du Jour: M.I.A. Flips Bird, NBC Apologizes

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Posted on Feb 6, 2012
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Uh-oh: M.I.A. brandishes the bird during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show.

The funny thing about certain TV watchdogs getting their collective knickers in a twist over upstart pop star M.I.A.’s bird-flipping antics during her performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show is that millions of Americans might otherwise have blinked and missed it—that is, until the concerned conservatives kicked up a fuss.

Watch, if you dare, the eyeball-searing moment of moral degeneracy below in the AP’s video coverage of the controversy.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

The gesture, accompanied by a barely disguised expletive, came during a performance of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”’ At the end of her lines, M.I.A. appeared to sing “I don’t give a (expletive),” although it was hard to hear clearly.

... The Super Bowl, shown on NBC this year, is routinely viewed by more than 100 million people, the biggest TV event of the year. The screen briefly went blurred after M.I.A.‘s gesture in what was a late attempt—by less than a second—to cut out the camera shot.

“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”

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By Carole Manchester, February 7, 2012 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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The modern Circus Maximus, known as the Super Bowl, is all about distracting ordinary people with what is really going on in Washington and on Wall Street.  It is important to divert that energy to nonsense, albeit profitable nonsense, rather than have it put into things like the Occupy efforts.

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By PatrickHenry, February 7, 2012 at 4:25 am Link to this comment

Only the blue pill {ED} commercials were missing, they save them for the kid shows.

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By Robespierre115, February 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm Link to this comment

What should be controversial is how fucking awful the music itself was LOL.

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By D.R. Zing, February 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

I love football. Make no mistake about it. 

Tackle football is not a family sport.

Tackle football should not be played in public schools.

The most common injury in tackle football is the concussion. 

Coaches who coach football at public schools frequently
had one too many head injuries themselves.

Speaking from experience, one of the coaches at my Middle School was
a sadistic lunatic who rolled eloquence off tongue such as this: 
“A contusion!  Your doctor says you can’t play ‘cause you gotta
contusion! That’s nothing but a goddamn BRUISE, you big pussy!
Now do you want to play football or not!” 

If I had my way, we’d have had Madonna banging MIA with a strapon or
vice versa. Fair is fair, ya know. 
If I had my way, every word uttered on the field would be broadcast.
If I had my way, they’d make Theisman lift his pants and show us
where the bone came out his leg when Lawrence Taylor did his thang. 
If I had my way, these jackasses wouldn’t be complaining about kids
seeing someone shoot the finger, they’d be lobbying to get tackle
football out of schools. 

Hugs and kisses.

D.R. Zing

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By diman, February 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

I don’t get it, millions of the same super bowl watching americans supported the war on terror with invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and all of a sudden the word “shit” makes them cry????

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