PTC Blames NBC, NFL for M.I.A. Halftime Bird

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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.

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its not like you havent seen a middle finger before. For the love of God -_-


...while this is happening, there's a known woman-beater scheduled to perform at the Grammy awards. Why don't PTC take their action there. Go on and fine M.I.A, so she will have learned her lesson about American sensibilities..


I don't even think M.I.A was trying to draw attention to herself. The gesture kinda goes with the lyrics and I think it was impulsive. Anyway I think it's more harmful to kids that their parents get so hateful and hysterical over something relatively harmless as this, and go on and on about it. Just tell your kids she's not someone nice and don't do that. They'll have forgotten about it in a day.


MIA wasn't nice at all to do what she did, no one knew who she was, til she stuck her finger up, really?? at a super bowl game! Now i don't want to know who she is, No class!!!!!


Who cares about our youth? Who cares about our future? Let them emulate losers like MIA, the Kuntrashians, the Jersey whores, etc. They don't need no stinking positive role models. Let them grow up to be thugs, whores, habitual liars, and dregs of society. Go America!


its sad that these preformers cannot do one clean show! They can do wateva the hell they want at their concerts but they kno the game if they are doing the half time show. Mia is pathetic and sad to have to resort to something like this. Its nt edgy or cool its jus rude and as a person who wnts to see better musical acts instead of old ass 50yr olds it pisses me off! They will neva have younger ppl becuz u cant trust how they will act. So thank u mia for making sure nex years show is lame as hell!


Once again, the easily-offended PTC is exaggerating. The PTC feels the need to complain about any & every little slight to their delicate sensibilities. They seem to want to censor most of what's on tv, but thankfully, no one cares much about what the PTC says because they are too prude, rather than thoughtful. ....... Yes, what MIA did was stupid & childish. It wasn't shocking, it was just lame. Also, no one knew it was coming because I read that during the rehearsals, she did her routine as planned & gave no hints she was going to be an ass onstage. It was immature. I bet Madonna's pissed off. I wouldn't want Madonna mad at me. She can be ruthless.


Well it worked didn't it, she is getting all kinds of attention today(it really doesn't matter that it is negative either). It would have been better to ignore the whole thing completely and let her stay firmly in the shadows where she belongs.


They should fine her for stupidity.


Hey, PTC, Go fuck yourself