NBC Under Fire For M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Halftime Appearance
Posted on Mon Feb 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT

miamiddlefinger200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - NBC is receiving flack for its failure to blur M.I.A.’s middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show.

The rapper “flipped the bird” during her performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj on Sunday night, prompting groups such as the PTC (Parents Television Council) to criticize NBC, as well as the NFL, for enabling it.

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

The controversy is reminiscent to that of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, during which Jackson infamously flashed her nipple as a result of a “wardrobe malfunction.”