On Sept. 23, 2013, M.I.A. released a video message in response to the NFL lawsuit against her for “flipping the bird” during Madonna's halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2013. The “Paper Planes” songstress calls the NFL lawsuit “completely ridiculous.” She further explains, “it has been making me laugh for awhile but now it's so boring, I don't even laugh anymore.”
What the singer, born Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, thinks is so ridiculous is that if you zoom out of the photo of her with her middle finger in the air, you will find several young, black high school students, dressed in sexy cheerleader outfits and dancing provocatively with their “hips thrusted in the air” and “their legs wide open.”
The NFL are demanding a payment of 1.5 million dollars from M.I.A, claiming that her act of aggression breached her contract and damaged the reputation of the NFL. The Sri-Lankan superstar's lawyer Howard King finds this to be absurd.
In a conversation with the Hollywood Reporter, King states, “the NFL's claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious, in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
M.I.A. breaks the situation down to this, "They want me on my knees and to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrists. And basically say it's okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock. That is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it."
“Matangi,” M.I.A.'s fourth studio album will be released Nov. 5, 2013 via Interscope Records and fans can see her perform live at the Festival Corona Capital in Mexico City and at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. It has been reported that Bruno Mars will be performing at the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show and Gwar fans have issued a petition to the NFL to get the heavy metal monsters to play halftime in 2015.
What do you think about the legal battle between M.I.A and the NFL?