Before Lady Gaga took the stage on Sunday night for the Super Bowl halftime show, anxiety levels among conservatives were high with the expectation that the liberal performer would politicize her time in front of millions.
The concern was not unwarranted given Hollywood’s time hogging during awards speeches in order to bash President Trump and his policies.
But to the surprise of many, Lady Gaga, aside from one known lyric, was nearly apolitical, and arguably patriotic in her performance before the unwashed masses.
The lyric in question, from her song, “Born This Way” included the line, “no matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered . . .” wasn’t anything new as the song has been on repeat since its release in 2011.
While the lack of outrage in her performance raised some eyebrows among some in her fan base, even Out Magazine praised the performance as “light, upbeat and positive.”
For the controversy plagued National Football League, Gaga’s performance was a two-fer. Not only did the singer not cause any embarrassment to the league, the performance was reportedly free with costs only related to the production of the show. Lady Gaga supposedly was paid $0.
Despite the near-apolitical performance, Democrats read between lines in Gaga’s high-flying act to see what they thought were “hat tips” to their side.
Lady Gaga’s opening of “This Land is Your Land” was seen as clear support for Democrats as Nancy Pelosi has been singing it at her events.
Others saw the opposite in her performance:
Liberals will now boycott Lady Gaga because she didn’t bash Trump during the #SuperBowl halftime show. pic.twitter.com/lsdbKTyfRh
— Steve Hirsch (@Stevenwhirsch99) February 6, 2017
Countdown to the beginning of the mega backlash from the left for #gaga DARING to not attack Trump during #SuperBowl2017 #PepsiHalftime
— Steve Forsyth (@SuperForsyth) February 6, 2017
Regardless of politics, it appears Lady Gaga has done what no one else has been able to do – entertain the nation without overtly taking sides.