Despite being a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump, whom she frequently criticized during the 2016 presidential election, singer Lady Gaga nevertheless chose Sunday to keep overt politics completely out of her Super Bowl LI performance.
And this despite her having made a pledge last week that had led some to believe she would use her platform at the Super Bowl to slam the president.
“I believe in a passion for inclusion,” she had said during a news briefing last week, as noted by Breitbart. “I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness. My performance will uphold those philosophies.”
Liberals mistakenly presumed that this meant she would attack the president — though for the record, he supports inclusion as much as anyone else — but clearly, their arrogant presumption about Lady Gaga’s performance had been just as wrong as their conviction that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election.
Recent Super Bowl history, of course, gave them plenty of reason to think politics would intrude on America’s biggest television moment. It was only a year ago, after all, that pop tart Beyonce disgraced herself and outraged about half the country with a meanspirited — and ignorant — attack on the nation’s police officers. Lady Gaga’s largely politics-free performance, by contrast, was a crowd-pleaser.
While some on both the left and the right took Lady Gaga’s opening with parts of “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” as subtle digs against Trump, for the most part, even conservatives who disagree with her about the Trump presidency could just relax and enjoy the show.
For the few who missed it, it was an eye-popper. Watch the full performance below:
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 6, 2017
This willingness by the singer to place patriotism and unity over her personal political beliefs — something rarely seen among her petulant peers in Hollywood — might have put a few liberal noses out of joint, but likely won her a bevy of new fans.
In fact, according to Billboard, the singer’s performance inspired an estimated 5.1 million tweets — most of them positive, but some of course negative as well:
I can’t believe that lady gaga didnt her platform to call Trump a cheeto with little hands. She might as well have committed a hate crime
— bitcoin trillionaire (@prettybinladen) February 6, 2017
I honestly thought lady Gaga was going to do some type of trump bashing
— Jake Barthelemy (@jbarthelemy99) February 6, 2017
For the most part, though, the American people loved Lady Gaga’s performance. Even the president’s daughter Ivanka was impressed:
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 6, 2017
It was everything a Super Bowl performance should be: fun, exciting, lively and patriotic. Beyonce, and her ilk, could take a lesson.
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