Middle finger MIA settles with NFL

September 2014

Artistes, live events


The ill-judged case brought by the NFL against MIA, after the singer raised a middle finger in her Super Bowl performance with Madonna – allegedly breaching her contractual commitment  to ensure her performance didn’t negatively impact on the “tremendous public respect and reputation” enjoyed by American football – has been settled. At one point the NFL was looking for $16.6 million in damages even though MIA’s actions only prompted a smattering of complaints and not action by the FCC. As MIA’s lawyer Howard King told the Hollywood Reporter at the time: “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”. MIA herself had previously said the lawsuit “was “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[ing] sorry so they can slap me on my wrist.” The case has now been settled and the terms are private but it seems MIA will not have to apologise – something the NFL wanted. The NFL said any monetary settlement would be donated to charity.


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