Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 2/6/12

Madonna put on an impressive set for the Super Bowl 46 halftime show. There was both a Roman and Egyptian theme (so it was like Caesar’s Palace and the Luxor) with her costume changes for the visual aesthetic. And she included her classic hits “Like a Prayer,” “Vogue” and “Music” among her auditory aesthetic. But it was a show that both the NFL and NBC are apologizing for today. Yes, just like in 2004.

Last night, the 53-year-old singer once known for very risque outfits did not have a wardrobe malfunction, nothing like the glimpse of Janet Jackson’s nipple eight years ago that caused an uproar. It wasn’t even Madonna’s fault at all. Instead, it was an extended middle finger from British singer M.I.A. during the performance of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”

M.I.A. flicked off NBC’s 110 million viewers and appeared to sing, “I don’t give a (expletive)” at one point, though it’s hard to hear her or read her lips effectively..

Go here to read the apology statements from both the NFL and NBC

Now really what was the point of that? What’s the motivation? OMG! at Yahoo! might have some answers: Did Madonna encourage this insurrection from her guest rapper, so that she’d have some provocation in her otherwise family-friendly set without having to take the rap herself? Or was M.I.A. using Madonna and the Super Bowl to get attention for her own new video and forthcoming album? Or maybe just driven to atone, in her own outrageous way, for having sold out in agreeing to be Madonna’s celebrity cheerleader? There’s also a funny parody video of M.I.A. at that link you should watch.

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