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We know what NBC Sports and the NFL had to say about M.I.A. flipping the bird during the Super Bowl halftime show. (Basically: "Yeah, it was wrong, and we're sorry our delay system caught it too late.") But what does Madonna, who headlined the halftime festivities, think of her co-performer's little stunt?
"I was really surprised," she told Ryan Seacrest. "I didn't know anything about it. 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."
Of course, the British rapper isn't a teenager, but a 36-year-old woman. Though she's usually a regular tweeter, she's remained quiet about the incident. But Britain's The Sun believes that M.I.A.'s controversial flip of her middle finger in front of a captive 100-million-person audence has benefited her enormously. Calling M.I.A. "the most talented and hard-working British star you've only just heard of," The Sun's reporter relishes the fact that "she has suddenly become a lot more famous."
And, let's be honest, Madonna's not exactly in a position to poo-poo a little controversy!