Before mama monster fiercely appeared on stage to perform her greatest hits, everyone couldn’t help but question her performance before it even happened: will Lady Gaga get political? In times of controversy, Americans are divided and politics is the definitive culprit. Everyone knows the NFL Halftime Show is the biggest event of the year where any artist chosen to perform can shine on the stadium. Gaga captured the right moment to unify us all through the power of music.
You’re right – her performance wasn’t controversial, but it was definitely political, and you missed it entirely. Why? Gaga knows how to mix a positive message with great music and a spectacular show. Her political statements were subtle, but they were present and very meaningful.
The starlet opened the show singing our country’s national anthem “God Bless America” before transitioning into “This Land is Your Land” written by American folk artist Woody Guthrie. Guthrie, an activist who strongly believed in political and social change, composed the song in a critical remark to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” One important thing to take not of is that the lyrics have been changed several times by Guthrie himself and it’s important to educate ourselves on the origin of the song.
This makes Gaga’s rendition a powerful yet subtle declaration of her own opinion regarding America’s fundamental values. “One nation, under God, indivisible, and justice for all,” were the words the pop-star used from the Pledge of Allegiance to send a patriotic message while effectively making a political statement.
We’re not saying she isn’t patriotic because she clearly is, but Gaga cares deeply about unity to create a positive change for the future. In order to progress as a society, we need to stand together in times of adversity. This begins when we accept that our country is really facing its social and political issues. It’s only natural for people to stand up against a government they strongly believe is being unjust.
Discrimination comes in its many forms but there are others who face different levels of it in drastic measures. This is what we unfortunately fail to understand and a lack of empathy is the problem. Gaga was there to remind us that America is known for welcoming diversity and acceptance for all.
After a beautiful opening, Gaga also performed her second studio album’s lead single “Born This Way” which she has described as her freedom song. Known to be an avid supporter of the LGBTQ community, this was her way of pushing that message to the mass audience watching the Super Bowl.
In this moment delivered by our beautiful mama monster, we are told that it’s okay to be different. Everyone was united and included. Controversial or not, Gaga’s goal was to create a sense of unity amongst all – including those who feel excluded from society for reasons we should be having an open discussion about. She did this while staying true to herself and what she values the most. We can positively say that her mission to unite all of America was a success.
You can watch the entire performance now on YouTube: