Madonna speaks out on M.I.A.'s Super Bowl finger
"I was really surprised," she said on a Friday morning segment of "On Air With Ryan Seacrest." "I didn't know anything about it. I wasn't happy about it. I understand it's punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, it seemed negative."
Madonna said (as did fellow performer Cee Lo Green earlier this week) that she had no idea of what had taken place on stage until after the fact.
"It's such a teenager ... irrelevant thing to do," she told Seacrest. "There was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was just out of place."
Although many fans seemed not to even notice the British rapper/singer's obscene gesture, which took place at the midpoint of Madonna's new single, "Gimme All Your Luvin'," which also featured Nicki Minaj and a host of dancers garbed in cheerleader gear, watchdog groups certainly did, launching a campaign of outrage within minutes and calling on the FCC to levy fines against the performers involved, reminiscent of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's Nipplegate fiasco during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. That incident resulted in CBS being fined $550,000, an award that was later overturned by an appeals court.
The FCC has so far declined to state whether they'll consider launching an investigation into Sunday's event.
M.I.A. has likewise kept a low profile since the incident, refusing requests for interviews and laying off her Twitter account, which had been quite active in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.