Madonna Super Bowl Show Tainted by M.I.A. Gesture

Author: Mickey Mills
Published: February 06, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The numbers are in for Sunday Night's Super Bowl halftime performance. That number is one — one finger.

Forget for a moment that Madonna was supposedly written off years ago as a has-been, a relic of disco past. Consider that the Super Bowl has a history of polishing up relics and giving them center stage at the biggest sports event of the year.

When you stack Madonna against other half-time shows of the recent past, she was better than the Black Eyed Peas and The Who, but far behind the Stones, Prince and Springsteen.

For a 53 year-old ex-disco star, the material girl still has some moves. Admitted her cat-like maneuvers are more caterpillar like and the spring in her step has lost its springyness. I give the ol' gal credit for hanging in there as long as she has.

Sadly the performance will be mostly remembered for the deliberate one-fingered salute by guest singer M.I.A. At least Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction could be attributed to an honest mistake. This was deliberate and worldwide. Bird is the word today, all single digit of it.

NBC has formally released an apology to the public.

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.”

Now if NBC would just apologize for the Knight Rider reboot.


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Mickey is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and began covering NASCAR in the late 80s where he spent weekends at places like Darlington, Talladega, Daytona, and other speedways, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and the late Benny Parsons. …

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