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M.I.A. sticks her middle finger up at NFL – again

Remember when M.I.A. stuck up her middle finger during a performance at last year’s Super Bowl?

Yeah, we’d kind of forgotten too, what with Miley’s VMA twerking (although apparently she’s done with that now, damn).


The hand gesture during a performance of  Give Me All Your Luvin with Madonna and Nicki Minaj lasted less than a second, but the fall out is still raining down.

Headlines all over the world screamed that the British artist was ‘obscene’, and now the NFL have revealed that they’re suing her for a tidy $1.5 million in damages.

But now she’s come through on a promise to expose the absurdity of the situation. fighting back with an eloquent video to the “corporate dick shakers” that makes us want to say ‘hell yeah grrrl’ and maybe flip them the bird too.

“The NFL thing is completely ridiculous,” she says to a mysterious person on the other end of the line.

It’s been making me laugh for a while, but now it’s so boring I don’t even laugh anymore. So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this as many media outlets have. The frame you’re looking for has my middle finger in the foreground, and the larger picture where it zooms out is a row of 10-15 cheerleaders, young black females, that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16. If you look at them, they’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position.

So, now, they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? That’s basically what it comes down to. It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it’s a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking. They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it’s OK for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I’m being sued for it.
The singer, who has long been an advocate for human rights, also tweeted this video of Bud Adams, the 86-year-old owner of the Tennessee Titans expressing his feelings during a game.

@diggsontwitta is it ok when it come from him?

— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) September 23, 2013

Hypocrisy at it’s finest.
So does an incredibly brief hand gesture, used by millions worldwide, warrant a seven figure fine? Or is it just the big boys trying to show her who’s boss?
We’ll let you be the judge.

See the vid below.

Via Oyster.


Published at XXIV Magazine.


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