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The big controversy: M.I.A. flips the you-know-what; NBC's sorry

M.I.A. performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI

M.I.A. performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (Feb. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

There had to be one moment Sunday night -- one moment when someone would have to apologize for what someone else did. And that would be the NFL and NBC apologizing for the halftime show, during which M.I.A. had a finger malfunction. 

Check out this clip, and do not be offended. NBC has apologized in a statement:

“We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.”

Still, the network isn't taking all the blame. NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey made it clear the NFL chose to have M.I.A. perform.

“The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” McCloskey told The Associated Press. 

The NFL was also quick to release 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.”

Meanwhile, the Parents Television Council had this to say, via a statement from the PTC's president, Tim Winter: 

“NBC fumbled and the NFL lied because a performer known as M.I.A. felt it necessary to flip off millions of families. It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer. Last week the NFL formally told the PTC -- and the American public -- that the Super Bowl halftime show would be ‘appropriate.’ Most families would agree that the middle finger aimed directly at them is not appropriate, especially during the most-watched television event of the year.”

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