M.I.A. Flips Off Super Bowl Camera, Probably Launches Another Boring Debate Over Obscenity


M.I.A. briefly shot the camera a middle finger during her guest spot on the Super Bowl halftime show last night–because nothing is so much fun for everyone as a multimillionaire flipping off 100 million plebeians at once. Anyone who remembers the somehow more-innocent and crasser time of 2004 will remember the months-long “controversy” over Janet Jackon’s briefly bared breast knows that we’re in for some recriminations, some of which have already happened. NBC has disavowed any responsibility for the halftime show, noting that the NFL books the guests–and somewhere, Madonna waves her fist, angry that her triumphant moment and Illuminati-inflected headgear got overshadowed.