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M.I.A. Flips Bird During Super Bowl Halftime Show; NBC Apologizes (VIDEO)

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Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show has gotten a lot of attention (because it was the Super Bowl halftime show), but it pretty much went off without controversy.

Until people pointed out that guest performer M.I.A. had given viewers the middle finger.

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Even though most viewers probably didn’t consider it a big deal, flipping the bird is always a source of media hyperventilation.

Plus, ever since Janet Jackson’s nipple made a surprise appearance for a half-second during the 2004 halftime show, Super Bowl observers (and politicians, advocacy groups, the FCC, etc.) always seem primed to declare controversy.

UPDATE: NBC is now apologizing.

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,” said the network in statement. “It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.”

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