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5 Things More Offensive Than MIA's Middle Finger

Nearly two years after MIA performed on the Superbowl 46 stage with superstars Madonna and Nicki Minaj, she is still catching heat for showing off a very well manicured middle finger. She's currently being sued for 1.5 milion dollars- no, not by the tv networks or the fcc, but the NFL.

But the question that has been plaguing me all this time is, why, in this day and age, is anyone still offended by the middle finger???

On the scale of all things offensive you have physical abuse- shoving, punching, bitch-slapping, spitting etc. Then you have belittling words, curse words, vocal displays of ignorance, racial slurs, overall negative vernacular. At the very bottom of this hierarchy you have gestures. From the childish - like sticking out your tongue - to the general angry body language.Point being, gestures apply no harm to a person physically and (barely) mentally. It's simply says "Hey, I don't like you, I'm not gonna do or say anything about it, I'm just gonna do this pose and assume you get the point."

In the case of the ominous middle finger is like the introductory to perceived "bad-assery," kids get comfortable with that before graduating to using curse words. These days the middle finger makes its appearance most often in 8th grader's Instagram photos to up their cool points. The harshness is dormant.

And sure, all these gestures have their own connotations, had she put up her thumb, or had her index finger accompany her middle, none of this would be a problem. And I'm sure that everyone who has a hand in the Superbowl has been on decency patrol since Janet Jackson's infamous nip slip in 200. But in the days where regular TV shows damn near nudity, it's so funny to me that THIS is the body part that has people up in arms.

I know the Superbowl is a family event and we don't want our kids to be going around flicking people off, but really, there is a lot more in the world to be worried about in the world and plenty other malicious people to sue.

Here's 5 things that I find more offensive than MIA's Middle Finger

5. Reaction Rick Ross's UOENO Date Rape Line

"Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it
I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it

Yeah, Rick Ross lost his Reebok sponsorship (what a shame considering he's the paradigm of athleticism) but the popular song UOENO continued to play on radio stations as if nothing ever happened. What's baffling about this is how blatant this display of dating violence, it wasn't suggested nor implied, he just outright admitted it ( sounds like a confession to me). As far as the industry goes, the song was given a stamp of approval and went on to maintain success. It's safe to say that this song has been granted an undeserved pardon.

4. Everything about Miley Cyrus

You've seen the videos, you've seen the performances, you've seen the black back up dancers and you've seen her non existent ass in plastic flesh-toned hot shorts. My eyes are begging for mercy. I think I have grounds to sue her for emotional distress.

3. Keenan Thompson Doesn't Think Black Women Are Ready For Prime Time Comedy

That's So Not Raven..

Saturday Night Live member Keenan Thompson (of the 90’s Nickelodeon show Keenan and Kel) recently responded to complaints of the lack of Black females on SNL by saying that Black women just weren’t ready.

“It’s just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready,” he said in an interview with TV Guide.

Saturday Night Live is notorious for their lack of diversity, however, they always manage to have one or two token black males (currently Thompson and cast member Jay Pharaoh) to play the stereo-typically scripted roles of Black men and women their sketches. Thompson himself has played the role of Jennifer Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, Monique, Raven Symone and many other sassy, big-boned, African-American females. There have only been four black women on the SNL cast since the shows inception in 1975.

Maybe Black women just aren’t funny anymore, or, maybe Keenan really enjoys wearing dresses, wigs, and lipstick and doesn’t want to see the job go to anyone else. Either way, thanks for the support, Keenan.

2. Twitter Racists

The beauty of twitter is that it brings together people with common interests from all across the globe- unfortunately, this also applies to the racists. While they run rampant on twitter at every chance they get, their most recent display of ignorance was directed toward the first Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri. Their lack of intelligence is pretty comical yet sad.

1. The NFL Enforcing Decency

The upstanding institution of the NFL decided to take on the role of morality police as they have a longstanding reputation for recruiting saints and do-gooders to their teams. They are the last people who should be claiming moral superiority. They have given us wife murderers, rapists, dog fighters, and "sexters," you've paid players to injure their opponents on field and numerous other Scandals. The "F" should more fittingly stand for "Felony."And no, NFL, having Tim Tebow doe not atone for all of your sins. 

I'm sure the league isn't hurting for money considering their players make well more than MIA is being sued for and we're almost two years past the incident. Nobody is thinking about that performance after Beyonce came and shut town the arena last year. So just leave MIA alone and work on your own issues.


Do you think MIA's gesture was offensive? Are you up in arms about the obscenities on television these days?

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-Anna Son

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