Lady Gaga singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl 50. It is no longer news that the 45th president of the United States is Donald Trump, a man whose campaign basically ran on violent bigotry and a virulent nationalism. For gender minorities, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people, disabled people, the post-election weeks were shrouded in…
Lady Gaga singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl 50.
It is no longer news that the 45th president of the United States is Donald Trump, a man whose campaign basically ran on violent bigotry and a virulent nationalism. For gender minorities, immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people, disabled people, the post-election weeks were shrouded in a haze of uncertainty, exacerbated by the flux of articles and opinion pieces written on what a Trump presidency would mean for the aforementioned groups.
Right after the election, hashtags—#ResistTrump, #NotMyPresident—floated around on Twitter and, across the U.S., a wave of anti-Trump protests took hold. A number of celebrities joined in, notable Lady Gaga. The “Bad Romance” star was seen alongside a parked sanitation truck outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, holding a “Love Trumps Hate” sign in an act of protest.
I want to live in a #Countryofkindness #LoveTrumpsHate,” she wrote on Instagram. “He divided us so carelessly. Let’s take care now of each other.”
Ever so supportive of Hilary Clinton during the election season, which Clinton lost and conceded, Lady Gaga can look forward to headlining the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 5, where the New England Patriots will go against the Atlanta Falcons in an epic Super Bowl clash. But there are concerns that she might turn the show into a political jamboree, centralising her performance to evoke the zeitgeist of Trump’s post-election America.
Last week, the NFL disputed claims that it told Gaga she can’t speak about politics during her Super Bowl halftime show. If this is to be believed, then that is to say that Gaga is free to engage the world with her talents and politics, distilled with Gaga-style aesthetics and craftsmanship.
According to Billboard, Gaga will headline “without any guest appearances,” unlike the many performers of Super Bowl halftime show past, including Katy Perry and Coldplay, who have brought in artistes like Bruno Mars, Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz and even Beyoncé herself. And perhaps, this year, we might see something in the fashion of Beyoncé’s politically-drenched Super Bowl halftime performance of 2016, where she unsubtly and artistically addressed racism and police brutality through her song “Formation.”
Whether Gaga will politicise her Super Bowl halftime performance or not, one thing is certain: she won’t let her fans down.