American broadcaster NBC has apologised after M.I.A. put her middle finger up during her Super Bowl half-time performance.
She made the gesture whilst singing: I don’t give a shit, during a performance of Madonna’s new single, Give Me All Your Luvin’.
The screen was briefly blurred after M.I.A.’s gesture in a failed attempt to cut out the camera shot. The broadcaster said M.I.A. did not do anything similar during rehearsals and the league had no reason to believe she would do anything during the show.
NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey Said:
We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during half-time.
The NFL hired the talent and produced the half-time show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.
The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans.