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Madonna Calls MIA Halftime Gesture “A Teenager Thing To Do”


In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Friday, Madonna admitted she “wasn’t happy” with rapper M.I.A. flashing her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show. Madonna, 53, said the gesture wasn’t planned and seems “out of place” considering the energy on stage when they performed “Gimme All Your Luvin.'”

“I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it,” Madonna told Seacrest.

“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,” she said.

“It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do,” Madonna added. “There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

NBC’s delay system failed to catch the gesture in enough time to blur it. The NFL and NBC issued apologies. “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” the NFL said in a statement.

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late,” NBC said.

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Madonna Not Happy About MIA Super Bowl Controversy

Madonna is reportedly not happy M.I.A. ruined her Super Bowl halftime performance. M.I.A. came under fire for flashing her middle finger to the cameras while performing “Give Me All Your Luvin’” with Madonna. NBC’s delay system failed to catch the gesture in enough time to blur it. Madonna is said to be furious M.I.A.’s slip up is stealing spotlight from her elaborate performance.

“Madonna wasn’t impressed. She prides herself on professionalism. M.I.A. did nothing similar in rehearsals. Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt,” an insider tells The Sun.

“Madonna wanted to put on a world-beating performance,” the source adds. “But everyone ended up talking about this girl’s middle finger.”

The NFL placed all the blame on NBC and the network’s delay system. “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” the league said in a statement.

NBC also apologized. “We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late,” the network said.