M.I.A. Flips the Bird During Super Bowl Halftime Show!

NBC and the NFL were quick to apologize for the rapper's behavior, saying "the obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate"

Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show may not have included a nipple flash or any other wardrobe malfunctions -- but thanks to M.I.A. it did feature a universally recognizable vulgarity: the middle finger.

The English rapper, who joined Madonna on stage along with Nicki Minaj to perform their new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'," flipped audiences the bird during her segment of the song. Television audiences may not have caught it because NBC cut away from the offending gesture. But those with a recording of the Giants vs. Patriots Super Bowl game can plainly see M.I.A., 36, giving the proverbial one-finger salute.

NBC Sports released the following statement: "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

The NFL was also quick to apologize for the mishap, which has managed to overshadow the rest of Madonna's elaborate performance. "There was a failure in NBC's delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans."

As for the rapper herself, she has yet to explain her actions, but considering she's a rather controversial artist, there may not be any reason at all for the finger.

What do you think -- is M.I.A.'s middle finger as note-worthy as Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction?

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