08 Febrero 2017 15:42
Her choice of songs for the performance was not coincidental.
At first glance, there appeared to be nothing political about the show. But it had a hidden message.
Lady Gaga's half-time performance at the Super Bowl might not have seemed as politically charged as might have been expected from the outspoken singer and equal-rights advocate. Rumours circulating during the run-up to the Super Bowl said that event organizers were pressuring Lady Gaga not to make any political statements that could be seen as divisive.
The performer, who has not shied away from making politically-charged statements in the past, put on a show which – although innocuous-seeming on the surface – was in fact both socially and politically engaged to viewers able to read between the lines.
In her 12-minute set, which opened with 'God Bless America', Lady Gaga also included 'This Land is Your Land', with its line: 'there was a big high wall there that tried to stop me'. The wall in the original song was apparently inspired by the Berlin Wall, but the line's relevance to the Trump administration – and their intention of building a wall between the US and Mexico – is evident.
'This Land is Your Land' was written by leftwing folk singer (and Bob Dylan inspirer) Woody Guthrie, known for daubing his guitar with the phrase 'this machine kills fascists'.
Fittingly, Woody Guthrie, who died in 1967, had been a harsh critic of Fred Trump, the current US president's father. Guthrie accused Trump of racism for turning away potential black tenants from his properties.
'He thought that Fred Trump was one who stirs up racial hate, and implicitly profits from it,' professor of American literature Will Kaufman told the New York Times last year. Guthrie's criticism of Fred Trump reemerged as an official accusation when in 1970, three years after the singer's death, the Justice Department sued Trump over discrimination against blacks.
Lady Gaga didn't just invoke the teachings of Guthrie, she also made a firm statement in favour of inclusion before her performance. '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,' she told reporters at a news conference. 'My performance will uphold those philosophies.'