Madonna 'Furious' At M.I.A. For Flipping The Bird During Super Bowl Show

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First Posted: 7/02/2012 09:11 Updated: 7/02/2012 13:38   WENN

Madonna is said to be fuming after South London rapper M.I.A. upstaged the pop star at the Super Bowl. Madge had no idea M.I.A. was planning to flick her middle finger at the cameras whilst singing the line: "I don't give a s**t".

The Material Girl invited M.I.A. to perform with her at the sporting event, which was watched by 111.3m American viewers, but she was far from pleased about the incident.

A source told The Sun: "Madonna wasn't impressed. She prides herself on professionalism.

"M.I.A. did nothing similar in rehearsals. Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt.

"Madonna wanted to put on a world-beating performance. But everyone ended up talking about this girl's middle finger."

M.I.A. reportedly made the gesture after suffering with on-stage nerves and blamed "adrenaline".

A source close to the star added: "She wasn't thinking. She was caught in the moment and she's incredibly sorry."

According to the paper, bosses at The Parents Television Council branded the gesture the "selfish act of a desperate performer".

Chief Tim Winter said: "M.I.A. used a finger shamelessly to bring attention to herself, effectively telling an audience filled with children, 'F**k you.'

A spokesperson for the event said: "The NFL hired the talent and produced the half-time show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologise to our viewers."

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