M.I.A Explains Crude Gesture at Super Bowl
Musician M.I.A has a thing for flashing her middle finger, and she’s currently embroiled in a lawsuit with the NFL for flipping the bird during MADONNA’S 2012 Super Bowl half-time show.
But in a new interview with NPR Music.org, the rapper says the finger wasn’t an insult to the world it was a shout-out to Matangi, the Hindu goddess of speech, music, knowledge and the arts.
M.I.A. explains, quote, “In America you have gang signs . . . well, 5,000 years ago, there was thing called a ‘mudra,’ which is your sitting position when you do yoga or you’re meditating or you’re praying or whatever . ..There’s not a lot of them that are named after gods and goddesses, but the middle finger is specifically named ‘the Matangi mudra.'”
If you look-up the “Matangi mudra,” you’ll see it does involve the middle finger . . . but instead of just “the finger,” it’s both hands clasped together, with the middle fingers standing up against each other, and the other fingers folded down.
Here’s a sample:
It’s worth noting that M.I.A.’s new album is also called “Matangi”, and “Matangi” may be M.I.A.’s namesake, because her REAL name is Mathangi, which is virtually the same.
By the way, the LAST time M.I.A. explained her gesture at the Super Bowl, she called it a “punk rock” display of “female empowerment” in the face of so much “corporation s****-shaking.”
Sorry M.I.A, The NFL is not buying this excuse.