M.I.A. pokes fun at her NFL middle finger controversy.
M.I.A. is brushing off the controversy in her new song “Boom ADD.”
In 2012, the NFL slapped M.I.A. with a $1.5 million fine after she flipped off a camera during her performance on stage at the Super Bowl during Madonna’s halftime show. The NFL claimed her gesture was a “flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl.” M.I.A. responded saying the suit was “completely ridiculous” and that “they’re scapegoating me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America”. She also said it was “a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it’s a massive display of powerful corporation ****-shaking. They want me on my knees and say[ing] sorry so they can slap me on my wrist.” They eventually reached an undisclosed settlement, but M.I.A. is fanning the flames once more, adding a beat to a voicemail from her lawyer explaining her legal options in “Boom ADD.”
She raps, “brown girl, brown girl, turn your **** down, you know America don’t wanna hear your sound, boom boom, jungle music, go back to India” and chants “I got a reputation.”
The song was originally recorded in 2012, and was discovered while clearing out a hard drive. It’s actually the full length version of Mantangi cut “Boom Skit.”