British pop star M.I.A is firing back at the NFL in a new YouTube video, suggesting that the league is full of “massive corporation d*ck shaking.”
The NFL is suing the star for $1.5 million for flipping the bird during Madonna’s half time show at last year’s Super Bowl, but Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, the star’s legal name, is hitting back claiming that the cheerleaders dancing during the show were more offensive than her middle finger salute.
“If you find the larger picture that zooms out, there is a row of background scenery of ten, fifteen, cheerleaders. Young Black females that Madonna got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were under 16. If you look at them, they were wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted in the air, legs wide open, in a very sexual provocative position,” the singer says in the clip.
“Is my finger offensive? Or is underage black girls with their legs wide open more offensive to the family audience,” M.I.A asks.
“They want me on my knees to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrists. And basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock,” she states.
“That is what it boils down to, and I’m being sued for it,” the 38-year-old declares.