PUBLIC OPINION > M.I.A. Should Be Fined for Flipping the Bird
SodaHead Celebs 2012/02/07 22:54:58
M.I.A.'s Super Bowl controversy wasn't quite Janet Jackson status, but it was enough to strike fear in the hearts of NFL organizers. Since the now-infamous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2005, the NFL has tried to avoid any repeat controversy, but when M.I.A. gave the middle finger during her halftime performance they didn't have time to censor it. Now the NFL is apologizing for something they didn't do, and her crew is claiming it was "a case of adrenaline and nerves. She wasn’t thinking. It wasn’t any kind of statement." But what's done is done. Should she pay for her crime against humanity?
Should M.I.A. Be Fined for Super Bowl Controversy?
63% Think She Should Pay Up
Just because the Super Bowl hired the talent doesn't mean they should be blamed for the talent's every whim. How were they supposed to know she was going to flip the bird? Well, a little research would have gone a long way -- she's not exactly the most family friendly artist out there, and this isn't the first time she's pulled something like this. In 2010 she posted a journalist's phone number on her Twitter account for writing an unfavorable article about her. But it's still on the artist to restrain herself while on-stage. There's no way the network could have addressed that without increasing the broadcast delay. One commenter added, "Those of us that watched her should receive the money in compensation."
Young Adults Cut Her Some Slack
The overall vote was pretty strong, but it wasn't consistent throughout the different demographics. In fact, it was pretty divided in every category. Age was an obvious division, with younger voters showing M.I.A. some marginal support (45%) and older voters almost completely siding against her (82%). But teens still thought she should pay up (67%).
Christians Can't Believe She Did It
There aren't many passages in the Bible that encourage profanity, and the middle finger definitely falls into that category. So it should come as no surprise that one of the most divisive demographics here was religion. Three out of four Christians thought M.I.A. should pay a fine, compared to less than a third of atheists.
Parents Pull the Plug
In addition to older voters, religious voters, and Virgos (weird, right?), parents were among M.I.A.'s harshest critics. And can you blame them? Kids are one of the primary reasons this is an issue in the first place. However, it's interesting to note that at 78%, parents were still less offended than older voters.
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