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MIA wants to borrow $16 million from Madonna over NFL middle finger fine

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Remember when MIA performed with Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012 and she decided it’d be super fun to give the middle finger, because she’s 12 and ~a ToTaL rEbEl~? Well, that little stunt is going to cost her $16 million, which – let’s be honest – homegirl clearly does not have.

Here’s the deal: the NFL is apparently suing MIA for breaching her performance contract and wants an extra $15.1m in restitution on top of the original $1.5m it’s been seeking for the past two years. I guess the $15 million is what advertisers would have paid during that performance slot? Not sure how that’s got anything to do with MIA since they wouldn’t have advertised during a halftime show, right?

Anyway, LOL to this:

And here’s a bit more of what’s going on via The Hollywood Reporter:

“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” say M.I.A.’s response papers, filed on Friday.

The music superstar tells the arbitrator that the “continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL.”

Wow, what a massive mess.

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MIA Is Really Pissed at the NY Court System


As you may recall, MIA is embroiled in a pretty intense custody battle with her ex, Benjamin Bronfman, over their 4-year-old son Ikhyd and it just keeps getting worse. MIA wanted to take the kid to the UK, Benjamin put in a court order to stop it and that was that. However, MIA is getting a bit fed up and has now filed an order claiming that the kid’s human rights have been violated by not allowing him to go back to the UK, even though the court argued that taking him back when his father lives here would be unfair. Dramaaaaaa!

From TMZ:

Filthy rich baby daddy Ben Bronfman — son of Seagram’s billionaire Edgar Bronfman Jr. — got a restraining order in March … blocking M.I.A. from taking her son to her homeland — England.

M.I.A. is now challenging the order, claiming it amounts to international child abduction.  She’s filed legal docs in New York federal court, citing The Hague Convention as proof the NY state judge had no authority to block her move to England.

Baby daddy Bronfman isn’t going down without a fight … we’ve learned he’s filed legal docs of his own making a case that moving his flesh and blood over the pond would be a travesty.

Bronfman and M.I.A. — who both still live in Brooklyn — were never married and split up last year.

Also, I omitted the last sentence of TMZ’s reporting, which seemed to be some thinly veiled racist ass Muslim joke about the baby never seeing “a virgin… 747″. Uh, way to be assholes, TMZ (though why am I surprised?).

MIA’s Custody Battle With Benjamin Bronfman Is Getting Messy


MIA is the mother to a lovely little 4-year-old boy called Ikhyd with ex-fiancé Benjamin Bronfman and shit is getting ugly. Since the pair broke up, they’ve become embroiled in a pretty heated custody battle over the kid, with Bronfman’s family seeking full custody. MIA is obviously not having it, and accused him of trying to use his wealth to take Ikhyd away from her in a series of tweets (which have all been deleted now):

“BEN you cant take my son away from me ‘The mother’. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have the right.


“Every child needs the MOTHER, I GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD. If grew up without my mother I wouldn’t be here.”

Things got even messier yesterday when MIA was hit with a restraining order after apparently threatening to take her son to London to get him away from the drama. Filed in Kings County, NY, the order bans her from taking Ikhyd out of Brooklyn.

From The New York Post:

A source tells us, “M.I.A has been texting and calling Ben, saying she will take their son to London, even though they both live in Brooklyn and the child goes to school there.” The source added, “Ben filed a motion for a temporary restraining order preventing her from taking their son to the UK against his wishes.” The court granted Bronfman’s petition, and M.I.A was served with the legal paperwork last night.

Here’s hoping this can somehow be worked out quickly and painlessly, since everyone knows it’s the kids who suffer most in situations like this. I don’t know much about MIA’s private life or why their relationship broke down (if it was ever even made public), but people need to keep that shit mature when there’s a little one involved.

Madonna: M.I.A.’s Super Bowl Antics Were ‘Teenager’

Photo: Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj

Whoa. Sounds like Madonna refuses to take any heat for M.I.A.‘s recent Super Bowl halftime antics.

Which I kind of do not understand? Like, I’m a little surprised, actually. Since when has Madonna been one to shy from controversy? No offense, Madge, but M.I.A.’s gesture was a gift to you! It was the gift of sudden relevance! (We can argue that one, if you want.)

The Hollywood Reporter:

“I didn’t know about it until I left,” the singer said on a call to On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “I had no idea what goes on in front of me, the camera capturing things, so when I left, I found out about it in the elevator on my way to get into the car to go to the airport.”

[…] “I was really surprised,” she says of hearing about MIA’s gesture. “I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity, it seemed negative.”

“It’s one of those things,” she continues. “It’s such a teenager… irrelevant thing to do, but on the other hand, there was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”

We get it, Madonna: you didn’t plan the stunt. No, we know. But “teenager“? Teenager?Irrelevant“? Irrelevant?

Madonna, I would watch where you point those soundbytes, because you have not been living in our dimension for a little while now. You’re the tastemaker, the provocateur, remember? You’re the one who made random shows of anti-authoritarianism cool and “now.” M.I.A. is your protégée! She just wanted to do you right!

Remember, Madge: when you point the finger, three point RIGHT BACK AT YOU. (I feel like I’ve typed this dumb idiom before? Oh, OK.)

Image via CNN. Thanks, CNN!

Can You Believe What M.I.A. Did at The Super Bowl?

So I didn’t watch the Super Bowl yesterday. However, instead of doing all the awesome things I was planning on doing yesterday, I had to go down to the urgent care clinic because I’ve been having a hard time walking, moving, and existing. It turns out that my kidneys don’t like me very much right now, and I’ve spent most of yesterday and today rolling around in bed, crying, and trying to figure out if I should go to the emergency room or just watch another Pokemon movie. So yeah, no Super Bowl anything for me.

I did read Jenn’s recap of the halftime show this morning though, so that’s something. I still can’t bring myself to watch Madonna‘s performance, but I did see the clip of M.I.A. flipping the bird during her bit. I thought it was pretty “whatever,” but apparently the internet is acting like this is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of forever. In particular, the Parents Television Council has their panties in a bunch. What’s new though, right?

From TMZ:

A powerful parents TV watchdog claims NBC failed the American public by “enabling”M.I.A. to flip off the camera during the Super Bowl halftime show yesterday … and now the group is demanding punishment.

The Parents Television Council has released a statement on the incident … saying, “It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer.”

The PTC claims NBC and the NFL knew full well what could happen … especially because they chose a lineup filled with “performers who have based their careers on shock profanity and titillation.”

The PTC also rips NBC for failing to block the image from broadcast … especially since Janet Jackson’s nipplegate incident on CBS 8 years ago.

The group is NOT asking for an apology — insisting one would simply “[ring] hollow after yet another slap in the face to families.”

Instead, the group wants ACTION — saying, “Either the NFL and NBC will take immediate steps to hold those accountable for this offensive material in front of a hundred million Americans, or they will feebly sit back and do nothing.”

Can someone take a moment to explain what the problem is here?  I mean, I know that showing your middle finger on television is against the rules, but why? And if this happens during live television, why can’t everyone just shrug it off and move on with their lives? If these parents are mad because their kids saw M.I.A.’s middle finger, then, uh, not a huge deal. If you’re a parent with kids old enough to want to watch the Super Bowl, wouldn’t you know that a Madonna show might be a little racy and plan ahead for that?

Either way, if the FCC decides to issue a fine for this, then M.I.A. is the one who will have to pay. As for this apparently damnable action, she hasn’t made any kind of statement about it, but a source close to her said “that her actions were caused by ‘adrenaline and nerves,’ a result of getting ‘caught up in the moment,’ and weren’t an attempt to make any kind of statement.’” Fair enough.

Do you guys think people are overreacting to this, or were you offended by what M.I.A. did?

Superbowl Halftime: How’d Madonna Do?

Photo: Madonna performs at the Superbowl February 5, 2012

My mother informed me that she had just seen the Superbowl halftime performance starring Madonna.

Well? How was it? I asked her.

She sighed and looked at me really tired. “I think Madonna’s very talented,” she said. I thought this was really funny. Mom! It’s not like you’re gonna offend the “kid”; Madonna’s 53 years old!

I watched Madonna’s halftime performance online later. And—this is a little weird, because she is such an amazing dancer—those stiletto boots are obviously killing her. Sometimes she looks like she’s never walked in heels before.

By many accounts Madonna’s show elicited mixed reviews, with critics particularly maligning her latest, “Give Me All Your Luvin’.” (Yeah, I’m not into it, either.)

In the meantime! M.I.A. took the stage during the show (along with Nicki Minaj), and she threatened to make the night all her own. Deadline:

During tonight’s show, headlined by Madonna, one of the guest singers, British rapper M.I.A., gave viewers the finger directly into the camera, and NBC’s censors weren’t fast enough to obscure it. The network, which carries the Super Bowl this year, attempted to blur the gesture but was late by almost a second. “We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime,” the network’s spokesperson said. “It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late.”

Yep! M.I.A. flipped off the cameras, incensing the censors. Phew! I’m glad something happened last night; otherwise the show might’ve been a total bore.

(Image via Popbytes.)

MIA’s ‘XXXO’ Video is Surprisingly Tame

Lady Gaga, take some freakin’ notes, will you? I’ve been saying this forever. The only way to come back after going crazy or releasing a song or music video that scares and offends half the world is by doing something digestible and mainstream to show that you can play both sides.

While MIA’s video for “XXXO” is being slammed by some for “looking cheap” or because musically we’ve heard her do better, I have to say that a breezy pop single accompanied by easy and fun to watch video is actually quite smart.

Forget the idea of constantly trying to top yourself, sometimes not topping yourself is the only way to show everyone that you’re working with something real.