The 2012 Super Bowl halftime show was not without a minor controversy this year as MIA displayed an obscene gesture during her guest spot in Madonna's performance, according to the Associated Press.
During the performance of "Give Me All Your Luvin'", which feature's guest verses by Nicki Minaj and MIA, the camera lingered on the latter performer, who sang the last line of her verse, "I don't give a [expletive]" but stopped short of finishing the sentence, opting to make an obscene hand gesture instead. The broadcast blurred momentarily, but not quickly enough to obscure MIA's middle finger.
Keen to avoid the controversy of 2004's halftime show, in which Janet Jackson's exposed breast saddled CBS with fines from the FCC, NBC issued a quick apology while attempting to deflect blame onto the NFL, reports the New York Times.
"The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show," said Christopher McCloskey of NBC. "Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."