Lady Gaga's halftime performance at the Super Bowl has received a lot of praise, but there is one thing that people cannot seem to agree on: Did she make a political statement?
Conservatives lauded the classically-trained pop star for showing restraint and focusing on her music rather than criticizing the White House, while others lamented that she withered at the opportunity to come down hard on President Donald Trump and his administration, as so many left-leaning entertainers have done.
"Yes, she has political opinions, but on Super Bowl Sunday, America's game day, Lady Gaga choose to keep her political opinions and/or distaste for the president to herself," The Blaze's Tomi Lahren said in a video segment posted to her Facebook page. "We all sat there waiting and biting our lips for the moment Gaga would make some stupid anti-Trump comment, or spout off about some policy she knows nothing about, but shockingly, it never came."
Indeed, the "Poker Face" singer herself said before Game Day that she would refrain from commenting on the political climate.
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"The only statements I'll be making during the halftime show are the ones that I have been consistently making throughout my career," the often-controversial singer and LGBT activist said in a news conference on Feb. 2, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country. It's one of love and compassion and kindness. So my performance will uphold those philosophies."
But others say that the inclusive message in the lyrics Gaga sang offered a politically-charged message, from Woodie Guthrie's anti-fascist "This Land Is Your Land," which contains a verse about "a big high wall there that tried to stop me," to her own LGBT anthem, "Born This Way," that she sang seconds later, which includes the line, "No matter gay, straight, or bi / lesbian, transgender life / I'm on the right track, baby, I was born to survive."
Beyond her lyrics, Gaga's custom Versace bodysuit and sparkly eye patches hearkened back to a controversial Grammy costume she wore at the 2010 Grammy Awards, where she performed with Elton John, points out Refinery 29. The eye patches she wore then were part of an upside-down pink triangle motif, a gay rights symbol from the '70s and '80s with the accompanying motto "Silence=Death."
Either way, this is one performance people will be talking about for years to come.