"It’s a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking."
September 28, 2013 11:25 AM Subscribe
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In the 2012 superbowl half-time show, rapper M.I.A. flipped off the camera while performing with Madonna. On September 19, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that the NFL has been waging a "secret legal war"
over the incident, demanding $1.5 million and an apology from M.I.A. This week M.I.A. responded with a video statement
(transcript at Pitchfork)
So, now, they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? That’s basically what it comes down to. It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it’s a massive display of powerful corporation dick-shaking. They want me on my knees and say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, so they can say it’s OK 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.
In the Hollywood Reporter article, M.I.A.'s lawyer Howard King says, "Of course, 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 from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams."
The same article also reports that the NFL's lawyer "Ortner faults M.I.A for not acting in 'good faith' since the 2012 Super Bowl. Her alleged acts include challenging the arbitration clause in the agreement, failing to pay her share of the costs of arbitration, failing to attend mediation, failing to consummate a settlement-in-principle achieved, using video clips of her Super Bowl performance to promote her business endeavors and 'refus[ing] to take responsibility or apologize for her actions which were broadcast worldwide.'"
Fox News Sports has weighed in, declaring NFL's lawsuit vs. M.I.A. is laughable