First issues first: is Woman Gaga OK? She was final seen dropping the mic, grabbing a flying soccer and seemingly leaping right into a deep pit.
That each one got here on the finish of 13 minutes of frantic motion that began on the roof of a stadium in Houston, noticed her plummet all the way down to floor degree earlier than apparently operating just a few kilometres. All whereas singing, and becoming in a single costume change. Not unhealthy.
The consensus was that Woman Gaga nailed it – it being the half-time present of the Tremendous Bowl, the large date in any American soccer fan’s diary.
In doing so, she adopted such names because the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Beyonce (extra on her later.)
However there was one massive query earlier than the sport: how political would her present be? So, naturally, our first query is:
How political was her present?
Previously, Woman Gaga has not been shy in addressing the questions that matter most to her, most notably LGBTQ points.
The present befell barely two weeks because the election of Donald Trump, who’s reported to have been making ready an government order rolling again LGBTQ rights.
And provided that her present came a year after Beyonce’s blistering, politically-charged half-time show, all of the expectations have been that Gaga’s present could be a platform for some form of pointed message.
So ultimately, it was maybe a little bit of a shock that there was not a extra specific message delivered.
It was what she had promised, to be honest.
“The one statements that I will be making in the course of the half-time present are those that I have been persistently making all through my profession,” she had mentioned. And so it proved.
There have been no dancers dressed as Black Panthers, a la Beyonce.
However we did get a short introduction incorporating the lyrics of Woody Guthrie “This land is your land/This land is my land” and the Pledge of Allegiance “One nation underneath God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
To these looking for a political assertion from Woman Gaga, it did the job. And it’ll have appeared purely as a patriotic message to everybody else. So win-win.
However one second did stand out for these watching – one of many six songs she delivered was a message to all those that really feel excluded, Born This Method.
“Regardless of homosexual, straight or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life/I am heading in the right direction child/I used to be born to outlive.”
(It could not have been a coincidence that this tune was chosen, given the presence within the stadium of Vice-President Mike Pence, a bete noire of the LGBTQ motion).
So, did Woman Gaga carry out a Satanic ritual?
Within the build-up to the Tremendous Bowl, this was a reputable concern of the right-wing organisation Infowars.
There have been no speedy experiences by Houston Police of Satanic exercise on Sunday night time.
What in regards to the adverts?
Nicely, that is one place the place there was an unmistakable message, on a weekend wherein a ban on new arrivals to the US from seven Muslim-majority nations was blocked by a choose.
That message was: “We’re all one nation collectively, and we respect the place folks come from and the journey they took to get right here.”
This was most blatant within the advert by Airbnb displaying folks of various colors underneath the hashtag #weaccept – an ad apparently produced in only a few days last week.
“We consider regardless of who you might be, the place you are from, who you like or who you worship, all of us belong,” the advert mentioned. “The world is extra lovely the extra you settle for.”
The corporate, which has been attacked previously for not being inclusive sufficient, went on to announce a programme to help refugees.
It was apparent too, within the advert for a lumber firm displaying the journey made by a household from Central America to the States (an extended model posted on-line exhibits them arriving at an enormous wall, solely to seek out somebody had constructed a door into it).
And it was apparent too within the advert by a number one beer firm displaying the (little doubt fictionalised) wrestle its founder had in transferring to the US.
All experiences in Florida, the place Mr Trump was on a short journey, point out he didn’t watch the entire match. He didn’t tweet his opinion of Woman Gaga’s present.
So who received?
The group in white from Boston beat the one in purple from Atlanta, however solely after the primary time beyond regulation in Tremendous Bowl historical past.