Posted in music on March 17, 2014

The 16.6 million-dollar finger
MIA

You may remember that the NFL was seeking a $1.5 million fine from M.I.A. for the "offensive gesture" (flippin' the bird) she let fly during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show. The Hollywood Reporter reports today that the National Football League is not only still seeking that fine, but also an additional $15.1 million in compensatory damages -- the alleged value of the public exposure she received for the two minutes she was on television.

M.I.A. and her lawyer filed a complaint, basically saying it's hogwash:

The singer says there can't be liability or damage based on speculative FCC action, and her legal papers say it is "implausible" that any indecency fine will come after years of regulatory inaction and recent decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court.

What's more, the responsibility of broadcaster NBC could be investigated as the arbitration continues forward.

"NFL, and NBC, failed to exercise ordinary care in the conduct of the Halftime show by not activating the '5 second delay' system in place for the broadcast," says M.I.A.'s papers. "Any alleged fault or liability of Respondents should be diminished by NBC's dereliction. Discovery has not been taken yet to determine whether contractually NBC owed a duty to NFL to properly operate the delay system. Very likely that is indeed the case." - [THR]

You can read the whole complaint over at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Comments (29)

WOAHMYGOD

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:47 PM

Good i hope she sues for racisim

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:51 PM

Didn't Matangi flop?

This bitch is done, right?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:53 PM

it takes a lot to get me to side with MIA but I think this is it..

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:07 PM

i like music!

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:23 PM

Agreed 5:07

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:39 PM

anything to make her go away forever

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:40 PM

HUGE middle finger she has .. impressive MIA.

Posted by Burg | March 17, 2014 5:43 PM

lol nfl

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 5:55 PM

The NFL is a $6-7 billion a year business. This lawsuit isn't going away, and MIA will likely incur millions in legal fees fighting it over the next several years.

I don't care for MIA's music, but this is harsh punishment. I doubt MIA is even worth $16 million.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 6:14 PM

Fuck the NFL! Those bastards have been getting away without paying federal taxes for years.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 6:16 PM

I thought Bruno Mars played the halftime show?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 6:29 PM

NFL: completely out of touch with economic reality.

But I guess this is what happens when you think that involving yourself with a bunch of knuckle dragging jocks is a good idea.

Football is for fucking morons.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:01 PM

Yawn

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:16 PM

@6:14, her husband is the heir to the owner of Warner Brothers. I think she can cough up the money.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 7:59 PM

They STILL don't know whether NBC was contactually obligated to operate a 5 sec delay ??

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 8:28 PM

Not a big fan

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 8:57 PM

@7:59, they are no longer married. He dumped her a while back.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 9:16 PM

7:01 is on point.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:02 AM

916 Sounds like a smart guy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:12 AM

7:01 here. 7:22 has his jockstrap in a knot because I've offended his Fantasy Football pool sensibilities.

Chin up champ. The weekend's only days away and you can crack some beerz with yer boyz and throw on Jockjams 2000 to relive them glory days. Maybe do some golfin' ?

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 3:32 AM

Fuck this. Put the children to bed. AC/DC next super bowl, break out the inflatable masturbating Rosie.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 9:42 AM

Rapists, drunk drivers, drug dealers/ abusers, wife-beaters, murderer suspects (as long as they can run, throw and catch): good.

Brown girl's middle finger: baaaaaaaaaaad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 9:46 AM

Hmmmph. This is what happens when you invite the weird exchange student girl to the jocks party.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 9:53 AM

Could care less about MIA, but WTF! A business that is built on head injuries was damaged by someone's finger? Please.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 11:14 AM

This couldn't have happened to a more deserving entitled talentless hack piece of shit. She thinks she's always pushing the envelope with her pointless rants and complaints. This is going to follow her for years and she's going to lose a lot of money dealing with it. I fully support the NFL on this one.

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 11:50 AM

i think they want that finger up somewhere else, those closeted bigots

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 11:51 AM

1159 Well said!

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2014 12:42 PM

Holy shit she flicked the camera off oh fuck this is so bad oh wait WHO GIVES A FUCK. suck a bag of dicks, nfl.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2014 8:27 PM

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