Revealed: The NFL’s Secret Lawsuit Against M.I.A (DETAILS)
The NFL is suing M.I.A for $1.5 million because of the bird she flipped during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna. This bomb was dropped yesterday by the Hollywood Reporter who says the secret lawsuit has been happening for over a year.
Madonna has said she “wasn’t happy about M.I.A’s stunt during their “Give Me All Your Luvin” performance; and left it at that.
The FCC didn’t even blink.
The NFL, however, claims that the Sri Lankan and “Paper Planes” singer breached her contract when she mouthed “I don’t give a sh–” and raised her middle finger to the nation on live TV. They want her to pay and apologize. After all, the NFL must maintain its immaculate veneer of respectability (smirk) after the drug and murder arrests of their players and the shame of Janet Jackson’s performance in 2004.
“This dispute concerns a blatant, intentional and calculated attempt by M.I.A, a musical artist, to garner worldwide publicity and attention for herself by making an offensive gesture to the cameras during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance,” read the legal complaint filed with the American Arbitration Association and obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.
M.I.A’s response to the lawsuit? She flipped the bird again by lawyering up.
“She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to,” her lawyer, Howard E. King told the trade publication.
An NFL spokesman said that any damages awarded will go to charity.
Raise your middle finger if you think the lawsuit is a waste of time.