Sure we have a mixed opinion of hip-hop queen M.I.A. And the NFL’s latest partnership with Bollywood queen Priyanka Chopra left us pretty buzzed. So this latest turn of events? Well, it makes us pretty uneasy with the National Football League. It turns out that the NFL “secretly” sued M.I.A. to the tune of $1.5M for her middle finger stunt at 2012’s Super Bowl. You read that right, they’re still picking at old wounds from over 18 months ago that the rest of the world has forgotten about.
It’s mixed priorities for the same organization that let Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper off the hook for saying, “I will jump that fence and fight every n—– here, bro,” at a Kenny Chesney concert.
What a hot mess.
The oddest thing here is that M.I.A.’s middle finger, much like Janet Jackson’s bare breast, didn’t cause civilizations to collapse. In fact, the rapper’s stunt didn’t even really elicit much of a wrist-slap from the FCC either. About the double-standard — and yep, that’s exactly what it is — M.I.A.’s lawyer Howard King said the following:
Of course, 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.
Draw your own conclusions here, kids! Or just adopt M.I.A.’s attitude about the NFL in general: