M.I.A. vs NFL: M.I.A.'s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Performance Under Fire


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Remember when Madonna, Lil’ Kim and M.I.A. pranced around like cheerleaders at the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show and it was awesome? Yeah, we do too.

M.I.A. solidified her reputation as awesome badass when she flipped the bird to the cameras and the censors were simply not quick enough to blur out her gesture. Well, the top dogs over at the NFL were not pleased with the singer and tried to slap her with a $1.5 million dollar fine for breaching her performance contract. The Pop princess found this to be HIGH-larious. It was so funny to her that she put out a YouTube video on Monday.

In the video, the rapper essentially gives the finger to the legal proceedings. She calls their fine “completely ridiculous” and a huge waste of time and money. My favorite line from the video? “It’s a massive waste of time, massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of -- you know -- just powerful corporation dick shaking. They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist.”

According to her frenemies at the NFL, “This dispute concerns a blatant, intentional and calculated attempt by M.I.A., a musical artist, to garner worldwide publicity and attention for herself by making an offensive gesture to the cameras during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance."

Quit yer dick shaking you powerful corporation, you! What it boils down to, is M.I.A. is being sued for being punk rock and she is not okay with that. But isn’t getting in trouble with the man what punk rock is all about?
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