Singer MIA to NFL: I'm the One Who's Unwholesome?
She flipped the middle finger in 2012, and league wants $1.5M: Hollywood Reporter
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
Musician M.I.A in a 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Remember when M.I.A. flipped the middle finger at the end of her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance? Yeah, lots of people don't remember, or at least don't care anymore, including the FCC and NBC. But that's decidedly not the case with the NFL. The Hollywood Reporter says the league has been waging a low-profile legal battle against the singer ever since the performance and is seeking $1.5 million from her for sullying its brand.

Well, the legal battle is low-profile no more. The performer's attorney says she's going public over what she sees as the league's "ridiculous" and hypocritical stance. Witness this beaut of a statement:

  • "The NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."

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Sep 24, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Sign the petition on Change . org to end the NFL's tax free status. Owners make 30 billion a year profit and demand new stadiums from cities and tax payers. Time they paid some taxes.
Sep 21, 2013 3:03 PM CDT
Beautifully said by M.I.A. I have never understood the attraction of football. And as for politicians willing to make their constituents eat the cost of keeping a big name team? Just go to San Francisco, or Oakland, or LA. In SF no one seems to remember that the new shiny stadium at Mission Bay was funded by the citizens of SF; it was NOT privately financed as most people believe.
Sep 21, 2013 11:41 AM CDT
This child's game is for the junk market caste. Video games are more profitable and intelligent.