M.I.A. may be coughing up cash to the FCC for that Super Bowl hand gesture

M.I.A. may be coughing up cash to the FCC for that Super Bowl hand gesture

To pretty much no one's surprise, M.I.A. may be getting fined for her bird-flipping during Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show. Although no fines have been levied at this point, should the FCC choose to fine the 36-year-old rapper for the obscene gesture, she’ll have to pay out of her own pocket.

Networks and affiliates have wised up a little since that wayward halftime nip-slip back in 2004 that almost cost CBS half a million dollars: M.I.A. signed a contract with the NFL that would indemnify the league against fines of that sort, and the NFL signed a similar contract with NBC to protect the network from fines. (It should be noted, though, that Janet Jackson’s boob wasn’t that big of a deal in the end.) NBC and the NFL both issued apologies for the singer’s onstage antics yesterday. [via Billboard]

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