Lady Gaga will be the performer at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday (February 5) and some people think she should leave politics out of her appearance at the event.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) urged the pop star to keep things fun during her performance via their own TV network, NRA TV.
Conservative political commentator Bill Whittle said Super Bowl organisers had “once again” “chosen a gigantic progressive mouthpiece for their Super Bowl halftime” in booking Gaga. As well as referring to Beyoncé’s politically-charged performance of ‘Formation’ last year, he recalled past performances from which he thought Gaga should take her lead.
“I can remember days when Michael Jackson or somebody would do the Super Bowl and politics didn’t enter into it because they understood that they’re performing for the entire nation and not for the staff at MSNBC,” he said.
That's funny. I can remember when we didn't have Nazis in the White House and Russians in control of our elections.
Her performance was a slap in the face for everyone standing up to Trump. Think of the millions who would have been angered if she had said something--their anger would have been confirmation that they like what's being done in their name. Think of the vast majority of Americans who have been protesting and calling their elected officials. They weren't encouraged, validated, or affirmed. It was just another pop singer making a lot of money to toe the corporate line. Another sellout and another nod to the money men. A wasted opportunity to rally those fighting to uphold the rule of law, protect the defenseless, and stand against hate.
It was gutless.
Every kid that goes hungry, everyone who dies from a lack of health care access, every refugee turned away, every family bankrupted, and every soldier who dies because the president can't control his anger is more than reason enough to risk losing a few album sales.
If you don't stand up to Trump, and Trumpism as a whole, you are normalizing what is happening in America.
If you don't use your platform to speak out, you are giving your consent to be governed in this manner.
If you don't make your voice heard, you are joining the silent millions who are pleased with what Trump has done.
When we look back on this era, I think one thing is going to be evident. Those who spoke against Trump will be on the right side of history. Those who had the chance but didn't because they didn't want to offend anyone are going to be forgotten and irrelevant.
This thing we used to call America dies a little more every time we shrug and do nothing.