What would a Super Bowl halftime show be without a pop star doing something fairly outrageous? But halftime queen Madonna wasn't this year's provoker; it was her guest star—political dance maven MIA, who ended her performance during Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin" by flipping the audience her middle finger, and apparently saying "I don't give a shit," reports AP.
The production team apparently did try to prevent the worst of it, briefly blurring the screen when MIA's middle finger went up, albeit a second too late. NBC apologized today for not catching the gesture fast enough. An NFL spokesman added that MIA hadn't done anything of the kind in rehearsal, and the league had no reason to believe she would. The "S" word shouldn't have been a surprise to censors, though, as the song and football-themed music video released last week clearly use it, too. (Read more Madonna stories.)