NFL Bosses Want $16 Million From M.I.A. For Middle Finger Gesture

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March 17, 2014 | 3:21pm EST

American football bosses are demanding over $16 million from M.I.A. for her naughty middle finger salute during Madonna’s half-time performance at the 2012 Super Bowl.
National Football League officials are claiming the hip-hop star breached her performance contract and tarnished the NFL’s reputation, and now they want her to pay up.
But M.I.A. intends to keep fighting – in arbitration documents filed on Friday, she states, “The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” adding that “continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge (the) NFL.”
The Paper Planes hitmaker’s challenge includes claims the “profane, bawdy, lascivious, demeaning and/or unacceptable behavior by its players, team owners, coaching and management personnel and by performers chosen and endorsed by NFL to perform in its halftime shows” have already tarnished the image of the Super Bowl.
She argues that she found Michael Jackson’s performance at the 1993 Super Bowl unacceptable and less than wholesome, adding, “This was NFL’s first foray into salacious performances in their Halftime Shows. Discovery will demonstrate that NFL was fully aware that Jackson was going to engage in such ‘genitalia adjustments’ in his performance.”
And she also notes Prince’s performance at the 2007 Super Bowl: “During part of his performance, he was illuminated against the backdrop of a billowing sheet of fabric to project a huge shadow of himself. His oversized shadow was shown caressing the neck of his stylized trademark guitar… as if stroking an erect oversized phallus.
“Discovery is expected to confirm that NFL knew in advance exactly what would be presented, from pre-game rehearsal and from the stage set configuration.”
And she repeats past claims that even Madonna’s show was less than wholesome before she flipped the bird, adding, “The Show prominently features scenes of very young women dancers (possibly not even of adult age) poised in reclining positions, with their feet and hands and/or shoulders planted on the ground behind them. The women lewdly thrust their elevated pelvic areas in a manner unmistakably evocative of sexual acts (very probably qualifying as ‘indecent’ under the FCC definition), or at the very least, in a manner wholly consistent with the scenes a faire in a strip club.”

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