After making her $1.5 million dispute with the NFL public via her lawyers, M.I.A. has gone on record about her 2012 Super Bowl performance — and her expensive flipped bird.
“It’s just powerful corporation dick-shaking,” she says in a new YouTube video, which shows her on the phone with an unidentified party. “They want me on my knees and say ‘sorry’ so they can slap me on my wrist.”
M.I.A. described her middle finger, captured in the live broadcast, as “female empowerment, being punk rock,” and questioned the NFL’s decision to mark her action as offensive when the performance, led by Madonna, included “sexually provocative” young women in cheerleader outfits.
“They’re scapegoating me on figuring out the goal posts on what is offensive in America,” she says. “Like, is my finger offensive or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to a family audience? …It’s a massive waste of time, massive waste of money.”
The musician, ever the savvy presenter of her image, conducts the conversation in an Oakland Raiders sweatshirt. The NFL has yet to respond publicly to M.I.A.’s press salvo. Her next album, “Matangi,” is scheduled for a Nov. 5 release date.