So, it happened again. Another entertainer decided to take it upon herself to denigrate one of the most exciting pop culture events in America.
I'm going to admit that I'd never even heard of M.I.A. until Sunday night. And she got even more of my attention when she decided to stick her middle finger up at everyone watching the Super Bowl halftime show.
The sad part is that's exactly what she expected from me and millions of other people. She wanted the publicity. Everyone is talking about her now. And she'll probably sell more songs on iTunes because of it. So she wins.
The NFL and NBC have egg on their face. I think it's funny how their statements blamed each other. The NFL wants us to know its NBC's censoring system that failed. And NBC wants us to know the NFL booked the acts.
The problem is the NFL and the television industry are still dealing with the fallout of the 2006 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." It's probably generated millions in legal fees.
And that helps me make my point. I think the publicity these people receive should be for the punitive consequences of their actions. Let's fine them, instead of the television industry or the NFL.
If Janet Jackson would have been dealt a healthy fine and some time in the slammer for her shenanigans in 2006, I doubt that M.I.A. would have been so bold with her hand gesturing on Sunday evening.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I will agree that M.I.A was wrong in making her obscene gesture during the halftime performance at the superbowl. I also agree that maybe the performers should possibly be fined. But that is where my agreements end. I am so sick of Janet Jackson taking all the blame for the 2006 incident at the Superbowl while Justin Timberlake walks off without a scratch. The same with Madonna. She knew that Nicki Minag and M.I.A were controversial figures when she invited them to join her onstage. Still she gets a free pass, just like Justin. You should also exploit the accessories to the crimes instead of letting themoff scott free.
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