Lady Gaga is set to perform during the Halftime Show at this year’s Super Bowl. Interestingly enough, Gaga was instructed beforehand to not turn this into a political moment. She was specifically instructed to not bring up the election or Trump’s presidency during her performance. The question is, will she break that rule or follow through with a regular performance?
Of course, there are many of us that would like to see her break the rules and be radical. Though there’s no telling what the outrage and reaction would look like. I mean, I think it’s safe to say that we all remember what happened during last year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, when Beyonce performed “Formation.” White America lost their collective mind. She received some pretty scathing comments and hate, even law enforcement wasn’t happy with her, making the tacky decision to boycott working as security during her tour.
Will Lady Gaga receive this same kind of treatment, if she does decide to do something political? With the way things have been, I would guess that the hate may not be as brutal if it does happen. Lady Gaga probably appears to be more of a “safe” artists for mainstream audiences. Or, she may do something political but it won’t be as overt as Beyonce’s performance. If that’s the case, would she receive praise for “being so bold to stand up to Trump’s America?” Hmm, those of us who are cynical would definitely point to yes, while knowing that Beyonce would get roasted if she did the same thing.
Whether we like it or not, race does play a factor in this. We will just have to wait and see what Gaga does. One thing she could do is perform her song “Angel Down.” Why that particular song? Well, it was inspired by the murder of Trayvon Martin.
“How could I not say something? How could I possibly make an album about twerking my ass in the club? In my mind, I can’t reckon it. It feels empty. It feels irrelevant. I was overwhelmed by the fact that people just stood around and didn’t do anything about it, and that the justice system continues to, over and over again, not seek justice for these families.”
Gaga, however, did recently say that she wants to promote inclusion during her performance. Whatever it is, she definitely has something up her sleeve. It’s very likely that we could see her bigging up the LGBTQIA community and showing unity that way.
“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. “My performance will uphold those philosophies. I don’t know if it will succeed in unifying America. You’ll have to ask America when it’s over.”
All in all, we hope she says/does something important. Because something needs to be done and said. Resist at all costs.