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Madonna Says M.I.A. Middle Finger Gesture at 2012 Super Bowl Was ‘Irrelevant’

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Madonna said she was more nervous about her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance last week (Feb. 5) than any other in her career — and understandably so, since she had to adhere to the NFL’s rules, knew she was stepping into the Holy Grail of American sports and that she is a perfectionist who likes to practice. She likened it to winning a war and surviving, so it was an important performance for her. So it’s no shock that M.I.A. did not maker Madge happy after flipping the middle finger during her part.

Madge finally commented to Ryan Seacrest on his morning radio show about the “sneaky move.” She said, “I didn’t know about until I left. I found out about it in the elevator when I got into the car to go to the airport.”

She continued, “I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager… kinda, in a way, irrelevant thing to do in one respect. There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

Doesn’t sound like M.I.A. will get any future invites from Madge.

Overall, though, the Material Girl said she “was overwhelmed” during the performance of her big hit ‘Like a Prayer.’ She finished, “I started crying. I felt an incredible sense of warmth, love, and support. To see an entire stadium light up like candles it was like a religious experience.” Luckily, M.I.A.’s dumb move didn’t ruin it for her.

Madge also shot down the rumor that Britney Spears will be appearing on her upcoming single ‘Girls Gone Wild,’ for which she will shoot a video next week. She said, “No, it’s just little ol’ me.”

Listen to Madonna on Ryan Seacrest’s Radio Show

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