When Lady Gaga took the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston Sunday night, many expected a political message, overt or otherwise, from the singer.
“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 added.
She opened her act by singing lines from “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land” and announced we are "one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all" before launching into a medley of her own works.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE, who had Lady Gaga's support on the campaign trail, tweeted that she "went #Gaga for the Lady, & her message to all of us."
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE also tweeted about the halftime show.
Reaction to the lack of political message was mixed on social media.
While some said they were disappointed that Lady Gaga, an outspoken opponent of President Trump, did not use her platform to make a political statement, others felt her choice of songs, including “Born This Way,” sent its own message.
Thanks Lady Gaga for not making the half time show a political one!— Doreen Jupp (@doreenjupp) February 6, 2017
Not a fan of Gaga's music but it was clean, not political, and not with any agenda to it; I was happy enough for that fact!— Ted Stegle (@TedStegle) February 6, 2017
I really thought Gaga would say something political, but I'm just as happy that she just did her show. We all needed that.— Jill Benson (@Jilltension) February 6, 2017
@ladygaga Yes. That could have been way more political. But like just hearing, "No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life"— Michaleen Melby❄ (@MMelby124) February 6, 2017
I'm so sorry for conservatives that think Gaga didn't get political when her songs clearly reflect everything Trump is against #SuperBowl— ️ (@nationalslut) February 6, 2017
Lady Gaga had SEVERAL political references in her performance, just not overt. Your bad if you don't know how to read between the lines.— Tess (@TheAthletesPlug) February 6, 2017
Lady Gaga was political in the most classiest way #SuperBowl— John Wayne (@johnngayne) February 6, 2017
All of u are saying lady Gaga didn't get political but "Born this way" is such a political song so don't even. Love her— parin ❁ (@parin_r) February 6, 2017