Remember this year's Super Bowl halftime show? (God, it already feels like years ago.) And remember when M.I.A. kind of flipped you the bird? And remember how everyone lost their shit about it? UPDATE TIME! So it may come to pass that if any fines are levied by the FCC, it very well could be M.I.A. paying them, thanks to an iron-clad contract she signed with the NFL, in which she swore up and down she wouldn't do anything morally untoward. (In this political environment, I suppose flipping the bird counts as morally untoward.)
And if you're expecting your highness Madonna to stick up for M.I.A.'s right to "freedom of speech" or whatever... well, you can forget it. Here's what she had to say on Ryan Seacrest's radio show about the bird flip.
I wasn’t happy about it. 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. It’s such a teenager…irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.
UGH! I thought it was stupid, too—until Madge said this. Go back to your candy bowl full of melted Werther's Originals, grandma!!