Ever since Monday, we’ve been hearing rumors that Madonna was furious at M.I.A. for flipping off the camera during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show. Today, we get confirmation, as NME reports. Talking to Ryan Seacrest earlier today (because of course she was), Madonna said that she “wasn’t happy about it,” breaking it down thus: “It’s kind of a teenager irrelevant thing to do in one respect, but there was such a feeling of love and unity there so what was the point? It was just out of place.” I don’t know about the “love and unity” thing, but she’s not wrong about the “teenager” part.
More Madonna response: “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know about. I didn’t find out until I left. I found out about it in the elevator to get to the car and get to the airport. I wasn’t happy about it. I know it’s kind of punk-rock and everything, but to me, there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, and it just seemed negative.” From now on, “kind of punk-rock and everything” will go down as one of music’s great passive-aggressive put-downs.