9/23/2013 – 6:45pm
M.I.A. has posted a personal response/statement in a video on her Youtube channel
Peep what she had to say about the situation here.
English/Sri Lankan alt-pop sensation M.I.A. is well-known for her outlandish and often controversial behavior. Unfortunately, her stunt at the 2012 Super Bowl has put her on the receiving end of a $1.5 million-dollar lawsuit.
However, it comes as no surprise that the “Paper Planes” star would not go down without a fight. M.I.A. and her legal team are fighting back against the NFL, who claims her momentary gesture was a “flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl.”
The M.I.A. legal team, led by a Mr. Howard King, plans to respond by pointing out that the NFL and many of it’s affiliated players and staff do not uphold the values that the league boasts. Mr. King specified in a statement:
“Of course, the NFL’s claimed reputation for wholesomeness is hilarious in light of the weekly felonies committed by its stars, the bounties placed by coaches on opposing players, the homophobic and racist comments uttered by its players, the complete disregard for the health of players and the premature deaths that have resulted from same, and the raping of public entities ready to sacrifice public funds to attract teams…“
Both sides make very strong arguments, although it raises the question of whether the validity of the NFL’s sentiments (which are in question) justify her actions. With $1.5 million-dollars hanging in the balance, this is a question that will need to be answered.
Leave your opinion in the comments box.
Also, be sure to check out M.I.A.’s latest single, “Come Walk With Me” from her forthcoming album Matangi, which is due to hit stores November 5th.