When your country's national musical treasure returns home to London after winning six Grammys and endearing herself to millions of bitter, cynical Americans with a single snort, it is probably in best practice to allow said treasure a fair number of seconds to bask in the moment of winning Album of the Year at her homeland's biggest music awards show. If you don't, said treasure can always flip everyone off on national television.
Adele was in London today to accept some more trophies at the annual BRIT Awards, and when they cut her off at the start of Blur's apparently highly-anticipated performance, she pulled an M.I.A. But since M.I.A. confused a lot of innocent children and stodgy old people by using her middle finger at the Super Bowl a few weeks back, Adele wants to be very clear about who deserved this particular bird.
"I was cut off during my speech but I wanted to thank the British public for all their support," she said after the show. "I was held up with my voice and troubles but the album kept walking without me. I flipped the bird for the suits at the BRITS who cut me off. Sorry if I offended anyone but it was for them, not for the fans."
It remains to be seen how the British will react to their own version of this horrifying national crisis.