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Lady Gaga’s Superbowl Show: Executive Disorder

Readers of SEEN will be unsurprised to hear that we are admirers of Lady Gaga, particularly because of her unashamed LGBTQ stance. Readers of SEEN will be equally unsurprised to learn that Donald Trump is poised to enact legislation that rolls back LGBTQ rights.

It was therefore with bated breath that we watched her half-time performance at this year’s Superbowl. Would she go the political route as Beyoncé did last year with dancers dressed as Black Panthers? In the event, she landed literally on the field, effortlessly occupying the iconic space, filmed by drones and managed to gain approval across the board for a spectacular showcase that ticked all the boxes for this most iconic event in the American football year.

With an introduction that included lines from This Land is My Land by Woody Guthrie, and The Pledge of Allegiance: One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, patriots and hardcore fans of Gaga were pleased, not to mention those who were looking out for politically charged comment from high-profile celebrities with integrity.

One of the songs she sang was indeed LGBTQ anthem Born This Way. In Trump’s America where exclusion is the executive order of the day, it is indeed heartening to think that the audience at the Superbowl roared their approval for a song about Trans inclusion. Go Gaga.