Just like the rest of America last night, I partook in watching the 2017 Super Bowl. Although I’m not a Patriots or a Falcons fan, I still love to watch football, the commercials, and (especially) the half time show. Since the first half of the game was horrendous, I was especially looking forward to Lady Gaga rocking one of the biggest events of the year.
Gaga started off the show with a powerful cover of “God Bless America” while drones flashed the American flag behind her. She then leaped off the roof and jumped into her many hits including “Bad Romance,” “Telephone,” and “Poker Face.” Unlike previous years where surprise celebrity singers and random rock stars show up an make the performance jumbled and awkward, Gaga did this one solo with talent and (to much surprise) no hidden political message.
Rolling Stone reported that when Gaga was asked if she was going to instill any anti-Trump message into her performance, she responded
“I believe in a passion for inclusion,” she said. “I believe in the spirit of equality, and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies. That kid that couldn’t get a seat at the cool kids’ table, and that kid that was kicked out of the house because his mom and dad didn’t accept him for who he was? That kid is going to have the stage for 13 minutes. And I’m excited to give it to them” (Reed, 2017).
Her performance of “Born This Way” was the most political thing she did just because the lyrics remind us that while some people are still blind to inclusion, everyone is still entitled to be treated as an equal despite their religion, race, gender, or sexuality. Overall I thought it was a great performance, and obviously it got the Patriots in some kind of mood to do better.
Reed, R. (2017, February 6). Watch Lady Gaga’s Drone-Assisted Hits Medley at Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show. Retrieved February 6, 2017, from Rolling Stone.