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FEATURE: The NFL asking M.I.A. to pay over 16 million dollars for middle finger during the 2012 halftime show

The NFL is now asking M.I.A. to pay over 16 million dollars for showing her middle-finger (as in flipping the bird) during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012. They had initially asked for $1.5 million in arbitration for tarnishing the NFL's "goodwill and reputation". To which M.I.A.'s lawyer Howard King then replied on her behalf: "Of course, 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".
Now the NFL want an additional $15.1 million as a "restitution", a figure based on what advertisers would have paid for this exposure according to The Hollywood Reporter.
M.I.A. told the arbitrator that the "continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL".

The "offense":

Legal papers M.I.A. tweeted:

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Comment by M. Francis on March 22, 2014 at 11:00pm

What the fok?! Like the NFL needs that kind of money! They make nearly 10 billion every year, are tax exempt, and they want 16mill from a performer, who probably doesn't make a fraction of what they do yearly, for raising her middle finger? Hell I raise MY middle finger, BOTH middle fingers to the NFL for being greedy ass bastards! RIDICULOUS!! I'm sure sports fans didn't implode from seeing her do that. We see athletes "mouth" foul language all the time. We know what they're saying! No one fines THEM for 16mill. IMO if it's good for should be good for ALL!! Wanna be puritanical? Then stop broadcasting on network TV and air your event on the 700 Club instead!   Hrrumph!!

Comment by Izzy G. on March 20, 2014 at 9:39pm

This is foolishness!

Comment by Ketina on March 20, 2014 at 6:19pm

I Lost all respect for NFL never again will I watch their superbowel.  I don't even watch football. I barely saw the finger. 

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on March 19, 2014 at 6:45pm

If the NFL is going to sue somebody sue the Red Hot Chili Peppers for their "air guitar" performance. Need I remind anyone of what one of the OG of Afro-Punks Vernon Reid tweeted?


The defense rests. I told people the NFL was going broke with all those free agents this season--480 or so? INSANITY!!!!

Comment by Natasha R. on March 19, 2014 at 6:21pm

Is it really that big of a deal?? 16 million for just showing the middle finger, wow!

Comment by Amelia Mad on March 19, 2014 at 7:34am
This is just so ridiculous. The middle finger was just a part of her performance and it was up for like 5 nanoseconds. The nfl needs to chill out and get off of M.I.A's back. God bless her she is one of my favorite musicians :(
Comment by Janice Columbus on March 18, 2014 at 2:44pm

What the fucking fuck!  I hope she has excellent lawyers, because I had to watch various versions of the half-time event to even see the 'finger' event.   Just like J. Jackson's 'nipple' incident, it is just a money grab.  No one noticed, no one saw it, and I assure you nobody cared.  It is just a way of stealing money from non-white performers!


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