US television network NBC has been forced to issue a full apology after MIA raised her middle finger during the half-time show at last night’s (February 5) Super Bowl.
The singer, who was performing with Madonna on her new single ‘Gimme All Your Luvin” alongside Nicki Minaj, held her middle finger up during a section of the track. You can see video footage of the incident by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
In a statement given to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC said: “The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers. There was a failure in NBC’s delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologise to our fans.”
MIA’s middle finger aside, Madonna’s half-time show went off without a hitch. She was joined onstage by LMFAO, who blended their hit singles ‘Party Rock Anthem’ and ‘Sexy And I Know It’ with her track ‘Music’, while Cee Lo Green also joined the singer to sing on ‘Open Your Heart’ and ‘Like A Prayer’.
Madonna also performed her hits ‘Vogue’ and ‘Express Yourself’ during the 12-minute performance. You can see the full set by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
In the Super Bowl itself, the New York Giants overcame the New England Patriots by 21 points to 17.