M.I.A. better be getting more tour dates and iTunes income together, as the musically combative rapper pop star has earned a big fat lawsuit from the NFL over her middle-finger to the audience during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance.
The NFL has added more than $15 million to its suit against M.I.A., demanding a total of $16.6 million for “restitution,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The well-funded NFL has been going after M.I.A. for her famous birdie and following it up with “I don’t give a shit” during her guest appearance in Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime show during the “Give Me All Your Luvin'” track off Madge’s LP.
The FCC reportedly received 222 complaints, most singling out M.I.A.’s middle finger shenanigans. The NFL and broadcaster NBC apologized shortly after the show, and the Football League began seeking a fine from M.I.A.
Rolling Stone had reported that last September, the NFL was seeking $1.5 million for breach of contract and “flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl.” The additional $15 million is reportedly the value, in advertising dollars, of her two minutes of screen time.
M.I.A. published (via Twitter) of what the NFL wanted of her, regarding her original claim. “This is what they want me to sign, that I’ve been fighting for two years on top of $16 million,” she wrote.
The NFL allegedly wants percentages of her salary depending on how much she made.
M.I.A.’s response condemned the “profane, bawdy, lascivious, demeaning and/or unacceptable behavior by its players, team owners, coaching and management personnel and by performers chosen and endorsed by NFL to perform in its halftime shows.”
She also cited Janet Jackson’s “Nipplegate” business with Justin Timberlake that the NFL allegedly could have predicted. Also noted were Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” crotch grab at the 1993 Super Bowl. Prince’s guitar phallus like stroking in a manner reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and other lewd examples that have already passed.
Do you think the NFL is going to prevail in this one?