The finger heard ’round the world escaped me — I didn’t notice British rapper M.I.A. flipping the bird while performing with Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show.
I was focused on the fact that Madonna’s clunky dance moves, vapid music, and lip syncing were kind of sucking despite the cool dancers, gymnasts, and marching band. It wasn’t until M.I.A. and especially Nicki Minaj hit the stage and started singing that the excitement level increased, and continued to rise after Cee Lo Green appeared.
The guest stars invigorated Madonna and she hit her groove by the end with “Like A Prayer.” The big finish when she disappeared in a cloud of smoke was bad-ass.
Overall, it was a pretty good halftime show that didn’t need M.I.A.’s juvenile attempt to provoke the public. She could have earned attention by her performance alone. But what fun is that?