Rapper Targeted in NFL Lawsuit Fights Back, Points the Finger at Underage Cheerleaders in a 'Sexually Provocative Position' (Video) TMZ
Rapper M.I.A. posted a video (watch it below) in response to a $1.5 million lawsuit against her by the NFL, which is going after her for flashing her middle finger during a halftime performance at the 2012 Super Bowl.
M.I.A. is refusing to pay the NFL over the incident, arguing that the cheerleaders who appeared during the performance were more offensive than her hand gesture, reports TMZ.com.
The 38-year-old rapper is seen in the new video discussing the NFL incident, which she calls "completely ridiculous" and "a massive waste of time," among other descriptions.
"They've scapegoated me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America -- like, is my finger offensive, or is [an] underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive," M.I.A. says in the video, which appears to show her talking to someone in the media.
As previously reported, the NFL filed suit against M.I.A. for displaying the gesture, seeking $1.5 million in damages for what the league calls an "offensive gesture." M.I.A. is fighting the lawsuit.
In the video posted Monday, M.I.A. claims the cheerleaders were rounded up by Madonna from an Indianapolis high school, and were all under 16. She says during the halftime performance the girls had their "hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in this very sexually provocative position." She added she was just being "punk rock" by using the gesture.
The controversial portion of the halftime performance can be seen here.
Here's the new video of M.I.A. discussing the lawsuit and the Super Bowl halftime show: