The bird M.I.A. flipped during her performance alongside Madonna at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI has been the hottest topic to start off the week, stirring controversy across the web and among parental watchdog groups.
With a possible fine looming from the FCC, it seems as though … if NBC and/or the NFL is fined, the British rapper will have to pick up the tab.
During her performance, M.I.A. gave cameras the middle finger and rapped, “I don’t give a sh**” at one point, although it was hard to make out clearly. The network tried to blur it out quickly, but missed it by a second.
According to TMZ, the NFL has has indemnified NBC because they are responsible for the halftime show … and the league was smart this time around.
Due to the past incident with Janet Jackson, resulting in a $550,000 fine (which was later thrown out of court), they made M.I.A. sign a contract for the halftime performance, which states that M.I.A. must agreed to indemnify the NFL for any money it might be forced to pay if the FCC comes down on the Peacock Network.
Sources tell TMZ that aside from wanting to dodge a big fine, they want to send a message to future performers: don’t mess with us.
As of press time, it was unknown if the FCC was investigating the incident and/or if they planned to issue a fine.