Rapper M.I.A. gave the finger while performing alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj during the Super Bowl halftime show telecast, which was watched by millions of viewers. Her obscene gesture upset NBC and the NFL (video below).
NBC apologized for the incident: "The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."
Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, which produced Madonna's halftime show, said in a statement: "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans."