Pop provocateur M.I.A. is currently on a whirlwind press tour, with her fourth studio album, Matangi, hitting retailers today (Nov. 5). Though she’s clearly promoting the new album, those recent interviews have seen M.I.A. fielding questions about the middle finger heard around the world, i.e. the controversial moment when she appeared to flip off the camera (and subsequently, the nearly 168 million people watching) while performing with Madonna during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI.
The fallout from the gesture has been intense, with the National Football League going on to file a $1.5 million lawsuit against M.I.A. “for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation.”