More than 100 million people are expected to tune into Sunday's Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.
After two weeks of protests of President Trump's executive actions cropping up everywhere from airports to last week's Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, many wonder whether this year's big game could be punctuated with political messages.
Budweiser released its Super Bowl ad — which nods to the heated debate over immigration — a few days ahead of the game.
The jury is out on whether singer Lady Gaga, who is slated to perform during the championship game’s halftime show, will get political.
Gaga recently said she wants to promote inclusion during her performance.
“I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country as one of love, and compassion, and kindness,” Gaga said during a press conference last week about her upcoming performance.
“My performance will uphold those philosophies,” she said, though she stopped short of saying it would unify viewers.
“I don’t know if it will succeed in unifying America. You’ll have to ask America when it’s over,” she said.
Conservative commentator Bill Whittle, speaking on NRA TV, expressed doubt about the NFL’s pick for the show, according to the San Diego Union Tribute, saying it’s a sign of the “war” between pop culture and regular Americans.
“Once again they’ve chosen a gigantic progressive mouthpiece for their Super Bowl halftime,” he said.
“I think if Lady Gaga comes out there and makes this an anti-Trump tirade, I think that’s really the final step of the declaration of war between our pop culture people and the actual citizens,” Whittle continued.
“This is not the Kennedy Awards. This isn’t the Oscars. This is the Super Bowl where real Americans get together and have a real fun day and the last thing they want to hear is how stupid and racist they are.”
Gaga, who endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE and protested outside of Trump Tower in New York City on the night of the election, is no stranger to using her platform to make political statements.
In 2010, the singer wore a dress made out of raw meat to MTV’s Video Music Awards that she said was in protest of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — ended in 2011 — regarding members of the LGBT community serving in the military.
“What I was really trying to say was dead meat is dead meat. And anyone that’s willing to take their life and die for their country is the same. You’re not gay and dead, straight and dead. You are dead,” she told "60 Minutes" in 2011.
But she doesn't plan on reprising that outfit, she told reporters earlier this week.
The president plans to watch the Super Bowl, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, from the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. He taped an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly that will air at 4 p.m., ahead of the pre-game festivities.