The Word: M.I.A. says New York is violating her baby’s human rights

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04:  M.I.A. attends the Hogan by Karl Lagerfeld cocktail party during Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 on March 4, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
British rapper M.I.A. is fighting in New York court to take her son back to England. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

M.I.A. is battling her ex over custody of their baby.

The British rapper wants to move her son back to her native England. However, Edgar Bronfman Jr., her American ex, wants to keep him in New York, and he’s gotten a New York judge to order that the baby stay on this side of the pond.

M.I.A. isn’t giving up though: She’s filed papers in federal court claiming that the New York state judge has no authority to keep her baby here, citing the Hague Convention, according to TMZ. Presumably that is the section of international law that deals with how cute it is when little kids have British accents.

M.I.A. (rebel, against-the-grain songstress that she is) flipped the bird during last year’s Superbowl in front of 110 million viewers during her part in Madonna’s “Give Me All Your Luvin.”

So who cares, you ask? Apparently, the NFL.

“The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans,” Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, told the AP.

The screen briefly blurred after M.I.A. flipped the bird as NBC attempted to block the image, but failed by a couple seconds. McCarthy said M.I.A. hadn’t flashed the gesture during rehearsals and her decision to do it during the show came as a surprise.



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