Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance was spectacular! She started off her 13-minute set by singing a combination of God Bless America, and This Land Is Your Land and reciting a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance. From there, she worked through her hit songs Poker Face, Born This Way, Telephone, and Just Dance.
“One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Was She Political?
Yes! The first few minutes of her set were very much intentional; she didn’t just sing those songs and recite a portion of the Pledge for the heck of it.
“This land is your land; this land is my land, this land was made for you and me.”
In a press conference held days before the Super Bowl, Gaga was asked if her performance would include any political statements.
Her answer: “The only statements I’ll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality, and the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness, so my performance will uphold those philosophies.” (Source: The New York Times)
Born This Way
Was She Not Political Enough?
Maybe it came off as tame because being political is Gaga’s platform. She didn’t need to flat out yell something like “Screw Donald Trump” to make a statement.
What would that have done to help her cause anyway? Drawing attention to him would’ve ruined the message she was trying to send.
“This land was made for you and me.”
“No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgender life, I’m on the right track baby, I was born to survive.”
Gaga’s Super Bowl performance was what America needed. She performed empowering songs with beautiful lyrics of inclusion and love.
Whether or not listeners choose to take those words to heart is up to them.
Oh, and can we talk about what a boss Gaga was? She performed her set solo, making her one of the few musicians in Super Bowl halftime history to do so!
And in typical Gaga fashion, she ended her show by dropping her microphone and catching a football as she jumped off the stage.