M.I.A.'s middle finger: Who's to blame? What will it cost?

mia-youtube.jpgMusician M.I.A. all but guaranteed that the next eight Super Bowl halftime shows will have an average age of 72 with her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI (who's older than The Who? That's who we'll get next year). And what is the next-day fallout?

NBC says in a statement, "The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show. Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."

The NFL says in a statement, "There was a failure in NBC's delay system. The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans."

Samuel Feder, former general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission, tells the AP that "each station that broadcast the material could be fined up to $325,000," though in all likelihood the amount will be less. The fine used to be $275,000 but guess which famous "wardrobe malfunction" caused it to be raised by $50,000?

Frankly, with the amount of violence and sexual situations that run rampant on primetime television, it never fails to amaze us how people get so worked up over something like this.

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