Sunday’s Super Bowl was the was the most-watched show in the history of television. The New York Giants edged the New England Patriots in what could only be reasonably described as a nail-biter in one of the most exciting Super Bowl matchups in recent history. Yet the news story that has managed to trump the actual football game is that of rapper-rocker-visual artist M.I.A. flipping the world the bird during Madonna’s, shall we say, electrifying half-time performance.
The Parent’s Television Council, who found the gesture offensive and called M.I.A. a “desperate performer.” NBC and NFL have both issued apologies for M.I.A.’s action, and it seems clear that if the FCC gets involved, M.I.A. will suffer the the same consequences as Janet Jackson.
Clearly NBC and the NFL realized that they were taking a risk by booking Madonna, Minaj and M.I.A.
M.I.A. fans know that she makes music that rages against the machine through lyrics, performance, visual representation and style. She mixes world, electronica, rap and dancehall beats, with her voice layered over a driving beat. Her music and persona are unapologetic, and she definitely still reps a B-girl stance.