Rapper Who Gave 'Finger' To Super Bowl Viewers Had Graphic Video Pulled By YouTube; Depicted U.S. Soldiers Shooting Civilians, Crack-Smoking, Nudity

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | February 6, 2012 | 1:37 PM EST

Rap singer M.I.A., who gave “the finger” to America and the world during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show, has offended before - putting out a graphic, obscene, anti-American music video that was banned by YouTube.

The video, “Born Free,” which depicts U.S. soldiers rounding up, beating, and killing red-headed civilians and children, also works in some frontal nudity and crack-pipe smoking for good measure. The video was reportedly banned by banned by Now, it appears to be back, but you have to certify you're at least 18 years old and ignore a YouTube "warning" to see it.

So, how such a scandal-ridden rapper get into NBC’s Super Bowl show?

Perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that M.I.A. has a child with Benjamin Bronfman (aka, Ben Brewer), son of former Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr., who resigned last Tuesday.

In any case, couldn’t NBC have seen this coming? Does Madonna get to bring anyone she pleases onto the Super Bowl stage – or, did NBC know this infamous rapper would be there, bringing with her the potential to offend Americans and viewers the world over?

Ironically, M.I.A. has actually spoken out “American kids seeing violence on their computer screens.” Yet, her online music video shows a U.S. soldier putting a gun to the head of a child and blowing his brains out.

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