Lady Gaga's powerful Super Bowl LI halftime performance didn't have any of the overt political statements that some people were expecting, but it did have a message about inclusion. Many people watching didn't realize that the song "Born This Way" is designed for the LGBTQ community. If you've been to a Pride March in the past four years, you'd know a thing or two about dancing to "Born This Way" while you're surrounded by a ton of glitter, bare skin, representing rainbow. Let's just be clear here, though: Performing a song that's so blatantly gay in front of an audience that includes Mike Pence, one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians today, is absolutely political — especially when it contains lyrics like "No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life.
Gaga opened and closed the show with a sea of drones flying high in the Texas sky. Gaga had to get special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, which had placed a ban on drones at or near the stadium.
Last Year Beyoncé received backlash for displaying Black Pride on a national stage. So in this case, rather than not show up at all, she allowed her art to be the activism. She played within the confines and outwitted them as best she could. It's up to us to read between the lines.