I figured there were only two options for performing a halftime show at the Super Bowl. You could either put on a legendary performance (see: Prince) or you could bring an end zone worth of top shelf fuckery (see: Katy Perry). Well, apparently you can also get political if you want to. We’re only finding this out because there was a rumor that 2017 halftime show performer Lady Gaga was told to keep her thoughts to herself.
Lady Gaga is apparently planning an actual stunt for her halftime show on February 5th in Houston. Page Six says that Gaga, who is performing all by herself (meaning, no special guests), is trying to rig something up so she can sing while hanging from the roof of the NRG Stadium. They’re also toying with the idea of her flying in through a hole in the ceiling. First ripping off Madonna, now Brewster McCloud? Get your own ideas, Gaga! Gaga’s people aren’t sure if she can pull it off, so they may end up pre-taping some of the riskier parts of her performance.
While Gaga’s team is trying to prevent her from plunging to her death, sources have told Entertainment Tonight that the NFL’s main concern is that she doesn’t do anything political.
Lady Gaga has always been vocal with her thoughts about politics. Right after Donald Trump was elected, she protested outside of Trump Tower. ET claimed that someone from the NFL told Lady Gaga that talking politics was a big no-no at the Super Bowl. Lady Gaga had reportedly been told to stick to singing. It sounds like they were terrified Lady Gaga was going to stop in the middle of Telephone and tell the audience: “Speaking of telephones, I urge you to call your local representative in Washington and demand a recount!”
Except the NFL says it’s not like that at all. The NFL released a statement saying that it’s all “nonsense.”
“The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”
The fact that it’s Lady Gaga on stage will be political enough. I’m sure there’s going to be a whole lot of hardcore football fans who will be like “Dang this dance music crap, I’m gonna get some Doritos, holler at me when it’s over.” Not to mention that the Super Bowl Halftime Show is sponsored by Pepsi. The only political act that would make the NFL sweat would be if Gaga looked straight into the camera and tore up a picture of sugar. The NFL would scramble to cut to commercial faster than the time we saw Janet’s titty piercing.