You won't believe this, but the Parents Television Council (PTC) has something to say about the bird that M.I.A. flipped during last night's Super Bowl halftime show.
As previously reported and depicted, this rapper aimed her middle finger directly at a NBC camera during her brief time on stage with Madonna, an act that resulted in both the network and the NFL issuing an apology.
But the PTC has now released its own statement, coming down on the league for promising a clean show.
“NBC fumbled and the NFL lied because a performer known as M.I.A. felt it necessary to flip off millions of families,” wrote PTC president Tim Winter. “It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer.
"Last week the NFL formally told the PTC – and the American public – that the Super Bowl halftime show would be ‘appropriate.’ Most families would agree that the middle finger aimed directly at them is not appropriate, especially during the most-watched television event of the year.”Winter went on to blame NBC for failing to properly police itself, as well as for hiring the kind of talent that took to the stage.
“The mechanism NBC had in place to catch this type of material completely failed, and the network cannot say it was caught off guard... They chose a lineup full of performers who have based their careers on shock, profanity and titillation. Instead of preventing indecent material, they enabled it. M.I.A. used a middle finger shamelessly to bring controversial attention to herself, while effectively telling an audience filled with children, ‘F– you.’”
We agree with PTC in that M.I.A. is pathetic for resorting to such a maneuver in order to generate headlines. More than that, we just wish she had aimed the finger, privately, in the PTC's direction instead.