Madonna: ‘M.I.A.’s Obscene Stunt Was Out Of Place’

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February 10, 2012 | 2:26pm EST

Pop superstar Madonna was not impressed with rapper M.I.A. flipping her middle finger during her Super Bowl set last weekend, branding the move childish and “irrelevant”.
The Material Girl’s half-time spectacular, which was watched by 111.3 million people in the U.S., was marred by M.I.A.’s obscene gesture, prompting officials from both TV network NBC and the National Football League to issue statements apologising to viewers.

Now Madonna has addressed the controversy, confessing she was unaware of the British rapper’s stunt and only found out about it as she was leaving the stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In a radio interview with DJ Ryan Seacrest on Friday, she said, “I was really surprised, I didn’t know anything about it.

“I wasn’t happy about it because for me… I mean, I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything, but to me, there was such a feeling of love and energy and positivity and it just seemed negative. I don’t know, it’s one of those things, it’s such a teenager… irrelevant thing to do in one respect, but on the other hand, there was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was just out of place.”

In a separate chat with DJ Carson Daly on Friday, Madonna revealed M.I.A. had since apologized for her bad behavior.