The M.I.A. Super Bowl Kerfuffle & The Origin of the Middle Finger

NBC is apologizing for being too slow with the delay button Sunday during M.I.A’s bird-flip.

It’s 2012. Does sticking up one finger– the very one I use all the time to text with because it’s the longest– still hold meaning? And how on earth did the gesture ever become obscene? Read a brief overview here. (If I were a morning show booker, I would be scrambling to find a gesture expert this morning.)

It’s a FINGER. There is much, much worse on tv these days.

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