For all the pomp and excess of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime extravaganza a single extended middle finger by guest singer M.I.A. is likely to be the most remembered piece of the show.
The gesture, accompanied by a barely disguised expletive, came during a performance of Madonna's new single, ''Give Me All Your Luvin.''' At the end of her lines, M.I.A. appeared to sing ''I don't give a (expletive),'' although it was hard to hear clearly.
The incident was reminiscent of Janet Jackson's infamous ''wardrobe malfunction'' eight years ago -- a surprise risque moment in front of tens of millions of unsuspecting viewers. The brief exposure of Jackson's nipple during the 2004 halftime show raised a storm of controversy and put CBS in hot water with the Federal Communications Commission.
The Super Bowl, shown on NBC this year, is routinely viewed by more than 100 million people, the biggest TV event of the year.
''We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,'' NB...