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M.I.A. accuses NFL bosses of sexual exploitation

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Sep 24, 2013 | 6:28am EDT

Outspoken hip-hop star M.I.A. has launched an extraordinary rant against America's National Football League (NFL) bosses, accusing them of "corporation d**k-shaking" and sexual exploitation. The Paper Planes hitmaker is locked in a controversial legal battle after NFL chiefs filed a lawsuit against her for flipping her middle finger during her televised performance with Madonna at the 2012 Super Bowl. They are demanding $1.5 million (£1 million) for breach of performance contract, but earlier this month (Sep13) M.I.A. hit back through her lawyers, branding the case "ridiculous". Now she has posted a video online showing her blasting NFL executives for allowing cheerleaders younger than 16 to perform as backing dancers during the Super Bowl show. The rapper is filmed during a cell phone conversation, saying, "So the precise moment in question, and you can actually freeze-frame this as many media outlets have. The frame you're looking at has basically my middle finger in the foreground, and if you find the larger picture where it zooms out is a row - background scenery - of 10, 15 cheerleaders, young black females, that we - well, Madonna - got from a local high school in Indianapolis, and they were all under 16. "If you look at them, they're wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusted (sic) in the air, legs wide open, and in this very sexual, sexually provocative position. So, now they've scapegoated me into figuring out the goalposts on what is offensive in America. Like, is my finger offensive, or is the underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? "And that's basically what it comes down to. It's a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money, it's a massive display of, you know, just powerful corporation d**k-shaking. They want me on my knees and (to) say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist. Basically, (they) say it's okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display empowerment, female empowerment through being punk rock. So that is what it boils down to, and I'm being sued for it."

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