Was Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl show apolitical?

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Sometimes, though, statements can be subtle. Gaga’s inclusion of “Born This Way” certainly carried a political message. There’s a good chance her incorporation of “This Land is Your Land” did the same.


When Lady Gaga took the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Texas, Sunday night, many expected a political message – overt or otherwise, from the singer.

“I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness,” Gaga said during a press conference last week about her upcoming performance.

“My performance will uphold those philosophies,” she added.

She opened her act by singing lines from “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” and announced we are “one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all” before launching into a medley of her own works.


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who had Lady Gaga’s support on the campaign trail, tweeted that she “went #Gaga for the Lady, & her message to all of us.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted about the halftime show.

Reaction to the lack of political message was mixed on social media.

While some said they were disappointed that Lady Gaga, an outspoken opponent of President Trump, did not use her platform to make a political statement, others felt her choice of songs, including “Born This Way,” sent its own message.

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Intel Drones supplied Lady Gaga and the NFL with a show-stopping show-starter — 300 Shooting Star drones painting the night sky in a pre-recorded segment in Houston, as she sang “God Bless America.” The closing scene with the Pepsi logo also was those same pre-recorded drones.


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