Pop singer Lady Gaga found herself the subject of controversy over the outfit that she wore to a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, with critics calling the outfit "Nazi-like."
Lady Gaga spoke to Clinton supporters in Raleigh, North Carolina, ahead of the Nov. 8 election, encouraging everyone to vote, and calling for peace between supporters of Clinton and her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump. Users on social media who saw the musician's appearance at the rally critiqued her choice of wardrobe, saying that the singer looked like "a futuristic Nazi," among other descriptors, according to The Sun.
"What in the hell is @LadyGaga wearing? Why does she look like a Nazi?" asked one Twitter user, adding a pro-Hillary #ImWithHer hashtag to the tweet.
"Lady Gaga, dressed as some sort of futuristic Nazi, is speaking at a Clinton rally as the first votes are cast," tweeted another.
The black military-styled jacket with red accents and a large, gem-studded brooch was reportedly not intended to evoke mental images of Nazi uniforms, but in fact used to belong to late pop star Michael Jackson. Lady Gaga reportedly wore the jacket as a tribute to the deceased musical icon, according to The Huffington Post.
Jackson wore the same black jacket during a 1990 visit to the White House. In 2012, Gaga bought a collection of clothes and other memorabilia belonging to Jackson at an auction.
Gaga's speech focused on the historical nature of Clinton's candidacy, as well as praising Clinton's bravery and determination. Clinton is the first female candidate to be nominated for the presidency by a major party in the U.S.
"We want you to stand up. Be a part of history," said Gaga in her speech. "What I’m asking you is to be in this moment right now with us and fight for your future and the future of your children."
At the rally, Gaga also performed her songs "Born This Way" and "Angel Down," as well as joining Jon Bon Jovi for the latter's song "Livin' On A Prayer."
Trump, meanwhile, addressed his own supporters at a rally, telling the crowd that the election would be like the U.K's recent "Brexit, plus, plus, plus." He added that he intended to "drain the swamp."
"If we don't win," said Trump, "this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life."