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Rihanna calls out CBS for removing her song from NFL broadcast

Last week, TMZ surfaced a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee Janay in a casino elevator. Though the NFL had initially responded to the incident by suspending Rice for just two games, after the tape’s release, Rice was suspended from the league indefinitely. Additionally, CBS pulled a segment featuring Rihanna’s “Run This Town” from its Thursday Night Football preshow Sept. 11 so that it would have more time to cover the news of Rice’s suspension.

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said of the decision in a statement. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.” READ FULL STORY

NFL asks Rihanna, others to pay to play the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, audiences an artist will ever get. That’s probably why performers agree to do the show for free year after year. But what happens if artists are asked to pay for the privilege of performing at the big game?

According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is considering three candidates to provide entertainment at the 2015 Super Bowl: Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Rihanna. And when reaching out to these artists, the NFL reportedly asked if any of the acts “would be willing to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig.” Apparently, the stars’ representative did not take kindly to the idea.

As of now, no lineup has been set for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will air on Feb. 1, 2015.

MIA's battle with NFL over Super Bowl finger gets uglier

MIA and the NFL are two acronyms that really don’t seem to fit together.

Two years after the singer showed her middle finger during Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, the NFL is demanding over $16 million in restitution and damages. Today, M.I.A. tweeted an image of an email document that the NFL has also asked her to sign.

As MIA’s lawyer pointed out, the half time show has featured many more risqué performances in the past, most notably Prince’s giant “penis” guitar in 2007 and Michael Jackson who in 1993 “repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia.”

Also not pilloried by the NFL? The young black girls who danced throughout Madonna’s performance. “Madonna got them from a local high school in Indianapolis,” the singer said in a recent interview, according to the NY Daily News.. “They were under 16. If you look at them they’re wearing cheerleader outfits, hips thrusting in the air, legs wide open … in a very sexually provocative position.”

“Now they’re scapegoating me into figuring out what is the goal post of what’s offensive in America …. Like, is my finger offensive? Or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience? It’s a massive waste of time, a massive waste of money. It’s a massive display of powerful corporation d–k shaking.”

“They want me on my knees, to say sorry so they can slap me on my wrist, and basically say it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female, but then to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

M.I.A. on NFL lawsuit: It's 'a massive waste of time' -- VIDEO

M.I.A. is not afraid of the NFL. Instead, she calls the league’s lawsuit demanding $1.5 million from her for flipping the bird during last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show “completely ridiculous.”

In a YouTube video, the singer born Maya Arulpragasam calls the league’s lawsuit “powerful corporation d–k shaking” and that the cheerleaders who performed with her were more offensive to family audiences than her middle finger.

“If you look at them, they’re all wearing cheerleader outfits, hips in the air, legs wide open in this very sexually provocative position,” she says in the video. “Is my finger offensive or is an underage black girl with her legs wide open more offensive to the family audience?”

And yes, M.I.A. flips the bird to the camera in the video, saying the league wants her to say sorry and show that “it’s okay for me to promote being sexually exploited as a female than to display female empowerment through being punk rock.”

Watch her statement below: READ FULL STORY

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