Madonna on the Super Bowl stage. (Christopher Polk/GETTY IMAGES)

Madonna called in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this morning and made her first comments about M.I.A.’s much-discussed raising of her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show.

In case there was any doubt, Mrs. Ciccone did not approve that message.

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t even know about it,” she told Seacrest. “I actually didn’t know about it until I left. . . . I found out about it in the elevator, actually on my way to go to the car to go to the airport. And I was really surprised.”

“I mean, I wasn’t happy about it because for me — I mean, I understand it’s kind of punk rock and everything but you know, to me, there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, I just, um, it seemed negative,” she added. “You know what I mean? It’s one of those things, it’s such a teenager, in a way, kind of irrelevant thing to do in one respect. 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.”

Madonna also delved into more details about how uneasy she was prior to the performance, noting that “I was more nervous doing this show than any show I’ve ever done in my entire life, for sure.”


Here’s one understandable reason: “I was relying on gladiators from Indiana that I had never met before to get me to the stage on time.”

Listen to the full audio from the interview below, which may make you feel a bit more respect for what Madonna was trying to pull off during that halftime show, even if you don’t think she totally succeeded.