Nicki Minaj on M.I.A.'s finger gesture at the Super Bowl
"My first feeling was disappointment, only because of my respect for Madonna," she tells Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show. "I'm a cuckoo lady too, but I would never be able to do it off the strength of Madonna. There are fines that go into these things, and I just thought, 'Oh my God. I hope they don't penalize Madonna.'" Well, yes to the cuckoo. Did you see the Grammys?
She continues, "Madonna knows the artist that M.I.A. is and it was her decision to take the risk with all of us. We were kinda all firecrackers and she took that risk. She's done some crazy things becoming the icon that she is, so I think that's why she was able to forgive M.I.A. I love M.I.A. and I don't want to say anything that is the wrong thing, but me personally, I couldn't see myself doing it, just for the respect for Madonna. I wouldn't want any backlash to come back on Madonna."