Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lady Gaga's Superbowl Show

Summary: With just thirteen minutes of screentime, Lady Gaga effectively delivered an outstanding performance to the 115 million viewers of the SuperBowl and gave them a reason to sit on their couches a little while longer even though the game was greatly in favor of one side. Despite this, Gaga's admirable display, what many people have just allowed slip past them without acknowledging, is her implicit message to the American people pertaining to LGBTQ rights. This strikingly profound theory is especially accentuated in her song "Born This Way" where the lyrics "No matter gay, straight or bi/Lesbian, transgendered life/I'm on the right track baby/I was born to survive" clearly demonstrate her genuine desire to preach that everyone should embrace themselves for who they are.

Connection: Very recently, President Trump signed a number of executive orders, some that relate to the repealing of LGBTQ rights. Lady Gaga's performance may have been to give the American people a sense of patriotism, but she also successfully issued a statement to the minorities to remain strong in the midst of hard times.

Question: Do you think Lady Gaga's performance had a double message? Should a topic so politically prevalent be allowed in a worldwide performance such as the SuperBowl?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38876652

28 comments:

  1. I think Gaga did an admirable job at the performance, and instead of further dividing the American people by saying bad things about Trump, she stuck to her promise, instead uniting the American people through her patriotic opening song. As for her Born this Way song, I think maybe there was a little message for minorities to stay strong, but it was mostly just her singing one of her best known songs.

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  2. I believe Gaga wanted to show her support for the LGBTQ community during this time in American because many groups have recently been targeted. I think "Born This Way" has a really strong message itself so for her to sing it at halftime would just make the American people feel more united. In my opinion, it was a great song choice for the event.

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  4. I think that Lady Gaga's song choice "Born This Way" was significant because it was able to unite everyone in a time where many feel targeted. Instead of throwing out a strong, one-sided political opinion she sang songs which supported our people and nation as a whole which I personally think was necessary.

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  5. Lady Gaga is a big influencer and important figure in the LGBT community and it is no surprise that her performance has a double message. She's reminding people that you can't change others and being different isn't a bad thing. Her performance was important to bring to remind people that America is a nation composed of people with differing identities.

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  6. I think a topic as prevalent as LGBTQ should be allowed on a world wide performance. She was just trying to put on a good performance and she did a really good job of it. While also providing a beautiful message to the people of our nation

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  7. I believe that lady gaga is a big influence and very important to the LGBT and it was significant because it was able to unite everyone. She did a really good job. She did provide a beautiful message to people of our nation.

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  8. I believe that Lady Gaga's song, "Born this way" has had a big impact to many lives. Her song is saying that everyone is different, that's just the way they were born, and that it's ok to be different.

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  9. Lady Gaga had a very powerful message on a very sensitive subject that many people of the US can relate to, whether it's because they are a part of the LGBTQ community or because they know someone who is. Like what Donal MacAuley said, her message had the intent of bringing the sense of unity back to America by not using a negative message like "screw Trump" but rather a message of positivity and love.

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  10. i believe it didnt really have a double message and it was a horrible show, but i believe that it was just a show to keep a lot of viewers stuck on their tv's while on halftime.

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  11. I believe that Lady Gaga was trying to convey her support not only for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for other minorities that have recently been targeted by Trump. She has always been a huge role model and influence within the LGBTQ+ community, so by performing a song like "Born This Way" she was reminding everyone that none of us are the same and we can't change who we are or who we identify as. In terms of whether or not a topic such as LGBTQ+ rights should have been addressed at an event like the Super Bowl, I think Lady Gaga conveyed her message beautifully through her songs and performance, reminding everyone that we'll continue to be who we are no matter what happens.

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    1. I agree with Eden in the sense that "Born This Way" itself is a message to the LGBTQ+ community to remain strong. The response was very thorough and completely nailed Gaga's purpose in performing in the super bowl.

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  12. i believe that there was no second idea to the superbowl halftime show. she did not directly refer to anything or problems in our society and because of that I do not believe there was anything more than another show

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  13. I believe that Lady Gaga didn't have a double message and that nobody really liked her show it was just a thing to keep viewers on live TV and perform

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  14. I believe that Lady Gaga's performance was plainly an alternative to a commercial that way the millions of viewers would focus their attention onto the halftime show. I personally did not see a message being conveyed other than her singing a song she hoped people would be moved by.

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  15. I do not believe Lady Gaga was trying to display anything. She was merely just performing her song. Those lyrics about gays,trans, etc., were just part of the song. It could mean nothing to her as much as it did to some of the people that watched the SuperBowl. It could not have displayed anything apart from just being a song.

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  16. Yes, I do think her performance had a double message. I think she was trying to use the advantage of the widely viewed superbowl to promote equality and give americans a reminder tat even in times like these we must be united and accepting of others. I think messages like this should be allowed because Americans should know what's going in the world, they can't just choose to be ignorant and let bad things happen in our country.

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  17. I believe that Lady Gaga didn't have a double message in her song that she preformed. And I think that it should be allowed in big events such as the super bowl because its always okay to share your views.

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  18. i believe with in her superbowl show, she went against the so called norms of society, which made the double message apparent

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  19. In general, I think Lady Gaga's performance united people without creating too much controversy. She should be allowed to state her views at such a public event, especially because she did not even state them outright but left it to be interpreted how people want to see it.

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  20. I think that this performance is receiving an extremely huge overreaction as people think about double messages. The song is only significant in uniting all people regardless of orientation, gender, or anything else like that. This should be allowed at massive performances because nothing should be prohibited.

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  21. I think lady Gaga wanted the american people to wake up and let the people who are being put down to rise up. And the super bowl was a great way to do that. It is not like she said it loud it clear but she played it off fairly well.

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  22. I believe her performance might have a double meaning. I also do believe it is perfectly okay to show a message like this in an event such as the super bowl. We as Americans have the freedom of speech and press. Sometimes it's hard to express and spread such things and one should have the freedom to show it.

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  23. I believe that Lady Gaga's message might have had a double meaning but Born this Way is also a popular song of hers that never gets old. I think that it was a coincidence because of the relation between what Trump has been saying. I think it was the perfect timing for Lady Gaga to sing that song. She should be allowed to sing whatever song she wants because it's freedom of speech, something that is allowed to ALL Americans.

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  24. like Donal said, I felt Lady Gaga took a noble move when she preformed because she spoke out for those whose voices may not be as strong. I personally think that topics like this should stay allowed because with such a great audience, she used her voice to speak out about a very important topic.

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  25. I think Lady Gaga's message is obvious, rather than having a "double meaning". Her lyrics are very straightforward, like you said. But yes, I do believe her song(s) should be allowed to be performed with such a political topic because, why not bring more awareness to such a debatable, moral and political topic?

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  26. although I did not watch her performance, I am aware she is very passionate about LGBTQ+, gay/lesbian, trans, etc rights. I respect that about her and how she is not afraid to voice her opinion. however, I think politics and a Super Bowl performance should stay separate, especially since politics is highly controversial.

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    1. "her" and "she" are obviously referring to Lady Gaga

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