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Singer M.I.A. makes rude gesture in Super Bowl show


Published : Feb. 6, 2012 - 15:52

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For all the pomp and excess of Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime extravaganza a single rude gesture by guest singer M.I.A. is likely to be the most remembered piece of the show.

Madonna (center) performs with M.I.A. (right) and Nicki Minaj during the halftime show of Superbowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (MCT)

Madonna (center) performs with M.I.A. (right) and Nicki Minaj during the halftime show of Superbowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (MCT)

The gesture, accompanied by a barely disguised expletive, came during a performance of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”‘ At the end of her lines, British singer M.I.A. appeared to sing “I don’t give a (expletive),” although it was hard to hear clearly.

The incident was reminiscent of Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” eight years ago _ a surprise risque moment in front of tens of millions of unsuspecting viewers. The brief exposure of Jackson’s nipple during the 2004 halftime show raised a storm of controversy and put then-broadcaster CBS in hot water with the Federal Communications Commission.

The Super Bowl, shown on NBC this year, is routinely viewed by more than 100 million people, the biggest TV event of the year. The screen briefly went blurred after M.I.A.’s gesture in what was a late attempt _ by less than a second _ to cut out the camera shot.

“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers,”

The NFL blamed a failure in NBC’s delay system for allowing the gesture to be seen. Spokesman Brian McCarthy said M.I.A. did not do anything similar during rehearsals and the league had no reason to believe she would pull something like that during the actual show.

“The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” McCarthy said.

The British singer M.I.A. is best known for her 2007 hit “Paper Planes,” a Grammy nominee for record of the year that memorably features a sample of the Clash song, “Straight to Hell.” It was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Madonna had admittedly been nervous about her performance, hoping to position herself as the queen of a new generation of pop stars with an opulent show and a sharp performance that mixed her new release with more familiar songs. She seemed like Roman royalty when muscle-bound men carried her extravagant throne across the football field to the stage for her opening song, “Vogue.”

Guests Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj and dance rockers LMFAO also appeared with Madonna. The singing and dancing on “Vogue” was smartly choreographed, as Madonna moved more deliberately -- she is 53 -- but still adroitly. She briefly appeared to stumble at one point while trying to make a step on the stage set, but recovered in time.

She let a tightrope walker make the more acrobatic moves during a performance of “Music.”

Madonna carried gold pompons for a performance of her new single. Twitter was alight with questions about the vocals being lip synched or augmented by tapes, particularly during this song.

The best guest was clearly Cee Lo, who joined Madonna for the final song, “Like a Prayer.” They were joined by a robed chorus in the show’s most soaring performance. With a puff of white smoke, Madonna disappeared down a trap door in the stage, and lights on the field spelled out “World Peace.”

The performance was also carried live on SiriusXM Radio, giving Madonna the biggest single audience of her career. For all the elaborate choreography and flashy effects, the finger incident is the more likely headline from the event.

Earlier, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert offered some pregame patriotism. Shelton and Lambert did a twangy duet on “America the Beautiful” and Clarkson, in a simple black dress, sang “The Star Spangled Banner” without a hitch after last year’s performer, Christina Aguilera, flubbed a line. (AP)


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유명 여가수 생방송서 ‘손가락 욕설’

전세계 1억명이 시청하는 미국 프로풋볼 슈 퍼볼 챔피언결정전 슈퍼볼 축하공연에서 또 시청자의 눈살을 찌푸리게 하는 방송사고가 일어났다.

공연에 참가한 여가수가 ‘손가락욕설’을 하는 제스처가 그대로 방송화면으로 송출된 것.

5일(현지시간) 뉴욕 자이언츠와 뉴잉글랜드 패이트리어츠가 격돌한 슈퍼볼 1, 2 쿼터가 끝난 후 경기가 열린 인디애나폴리스 루카스오일 스타디움에서 15분간의 화려 한 공연무대인 하프타임 쇼가 펼쳐졌다.

3년만에 컴백한 ‘팝의 여왕’ 마돈나가 공연의 주인공이었기 때문에 시청자들의 눈길을 사로잡았다.

마돈나는 현란한 춤과 노래로 열광적인 무대를 꾸몄다.

하지만 마돈나 공연의 조연으로 나온 영국의 신예 여가수 M.I.A가 돌출행동으로 논란을 빚었다.

그는 노래를 부르던 중 왼손의 가운뎃 손가락을 내미는 제스처를 했고, 이 장면 은 화면을 그대로 탔다.

이 사고는 지난 2004년 슈퍼볼 축하공연때 여가수 재닛 잭슨의 가슴이 그대로 노출된 방송사고를 떠올리게 했다.

사고 당시 재닛 잭슨은 팝스타 저스틴 팀버레이크과 듀엣으로 노래를 부르며 상의를 찢는 퍼포먼스를 연출했는데, 이 과정에서 잭슨의 가슴이 약 0.56초간 시청자 들에게 여과없이 방영돼 논란을 빚었다.

이 사고로 슈퍼볼을 생중계한 CBS 방송은 시청자들의 거센 항의에 시달렸고, 방 송 규제기관인 연방통신위원회(FCC)는 당시 슈퍼볼을 생중계한 CBS 방송에 55만달러(약 6억원)의 벌금을 부과했다.

이번 슈퍼볼을 생중계한 NBC 방송은 ‘손가락 욕설’이 전파를 타자 즉각 “하프타 임 쇼 도중의 부적절한 제스처를 사과한다”며 “공연자의 즉흥적인 행동이었고, 만약의 사고에 대비해 실황보다 약간 시차를 보내는 중계가 뒤늦게 포착한 행동이었다”고 해명했다.

M.I.A가 문제의 행동을 한 이후에도 또 다시 같은 제스처를 취하려 한 듯 그 순 간에는 NBC 방송은 1초 약간 안되는 시간 동안 화면을 흐릿하게 처리했다.

돌출행동을 한 M.I.A는 지난 2007년 그래미상 후보로도 오른 인기 여가수로 영화 ‘슬럼독 밀리어네어’의 주제가를 부르기도 했다. (연합뉴스)