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article imageM.I.A. Super Bowl middle finger causes flap, group demands change

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By Marcus Hondro     Feb 8, 2012 in Entertainment
The flap created by the middle-finger of U.K. rapper M.I.A. isn't going silently into the Super Bowl night but rather continues to gain attention. While the singer is reportedly sorry for her gesture, at least one group wants a change because of it.
The Parents Television Council, an advocacy group in the U.S. that campaigns for responsible television for children, issued a statement from its president, Tim Winter. “A simple apology rings hollow after yet another slap in the face to families," Winter said. "Especially when NBC has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that it should be allowed to air all manner of indecent material at any time of day, even when children are watching.
“Either the NFL and NBC will take immediate steps to hold those accountable for this offensive material in front of a hundred million Americans, or they will feebly sit back and do nothing. The nation – and the PTC – is watching.”
Report; Madonna unhappy with M.I.A.
Meanwhile, reports have it that Madonna is not likely to hire M.I.A. again anytime soon. The mega-star's event, her half-time show, was to be a shining moment for the 53-year-old, who announced a world tour two days later, but instead the entertainment world is talking about M.I.A.'s wanton appendage.
The Sun, a tabloid in the U.K., quoted an unnamed source about how Madonna has reacted to the finger: "Madonna wasn't impressed. She prides herself on professionalism. M.I.A did nothing similar in rehearsals. Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt," the Sun quotes the source as saying. "Madonna wanted to put on a world-beating performance. But everyone ended up talking about this girl's middle finger."
M.I.A. sorry, didn't plan to finger audience
There is another report from the Daily Mail in the U.K.which says that the rapper, who is going through a marital break-up, has said the finger, and saying right to the camera the phrase "I don't give a shit" were unplanned, spontaneous events. The Mail says a source close to the rapper claims it was all "adrenaline and nerves" and that she apologizes.
In the midst the controversy, however, M.I.A. (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) has earned her nickname and been missing in action, apologizing herself neither to reporters, nor to anyone else in public.
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