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  • NFL Wants M.I.A. to Pay $16.6 Million for Super Bowl Finger

    Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:37:28

    NFL Wants M.I.A. to Pay $16.6 Million for Super Bowl Finger - She flashed the bird on live TV in 2012

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    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on stage on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.
    • M.I.A. - GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A, performs live on the West Holts stage during Day One of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 27, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid £1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.

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    The NFL was seeking $1.5 million in damages from rapper M.I.A., who flashed the finger to the camera for all the world to see when performing as part of Madonna's 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance.

    Now, the league wants her to pay an additional $15.1 million, for a total of $16.6 million in damages, since, according to The Hollywood Reporter, she breached a contract to uphold the wholesome values of the NFL. Additionally, the league claims that she received tons of free time and publicity due to her actions, something that an advertiser would have had to pay for. So the money it wants pays that debt, in their eyes.

    M.I.A. is arguing that the NFL is not wholesome, has had other salacious halftime performances via Prince and others and is dealing with issues of bullying and more.

    Team M.I.A. or Team NFL?

    M.I.A. - Bring The Noize

    —Katie Sheehan
    03.18.14



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