Madonna Addresses M.I.A.'s Finger Flip: 'I Wasn't Happy About It'

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Feb. 10 2012, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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By Amber Goodhand - Radar Reporter

Madonna rocked the Super Bowl at halftime, but it was rapper M.I.A that stole the show when she gave the middle finger to the cameras — and the Material Girl is not happy about it.

During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest on Friday, Madonna revealed that she didn't know about the finger flip until after the show and found it very negative, and you can hear her full interview on

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"To tell you the truth, I didn't even know about it! I actually didn't even know about it until I left," Madonna said. "When I left I found out about it in the elevator… I was really surprised. I didn't know anything about it.

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"I wasn't happy about it. I understand it's kind of punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, it just seemed negative."

Madonna, who reeled in a whopping 114 million viewers for her performance, likened M.I.A.'s halftime gesture as "such a teenager" thing to do.

"It's one of those things…it's such a teenager, in a way, kind of irrelevant thing to do in one respect, but on the other hand there was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point?" she said.

"It was just out of place."

Both the NFL and NBC were quick to issue apologies in the wake of the off-color display.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans."


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