BUGGING ANDY: When Did The Finger Become Lewd?

What’s Bugging Andy is all about giving the finger.  When did showing someone your middle finger turn into a lewd, rude or obscene gesture? Was it always offensive or was it a nonviolent, nonverbal reaction to something that you were upset about?

When Iowa State player Anthony Booker gave the BYU student section the middle finger at a recent basketball game, fans were upset.  They were taunting, shouting and trying to throw them off his game but were surprised and angry when he came back with the finger.

So when did giving the finger become a bad thing? And was it such a bad thing?