Lady Gaga Salutes Inclusivity at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Lady Gaga did not deliver the middle finger to Trump that was semi-expected at her Super Bowl halftime performance, but she did sing gay rights anthem “Born This Way” in front of a country whose rights seem to be receding by the moment. She also sung it in front of Vice President Mike Pence, who was there.


Gaga’s David Bowie-inspired set began with a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land,” after which she descended from the roof and lunged around Houston’s NRG Stadium in a spangly metallic Versace leotard, performing a variety of older hits like “Pokerface” and “Bad Romance.” In the middle of “A Million Reasons,” a ballad from Gaga’s latest album, she hugged an unidentified young Latina woman while singing the lyrics “please stay” in a move that surely offended red hat-wearing snowflakes across this great land.

There were a bunch of drones, too.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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I executed the perfect Superbowl play. I do not care about the game. So I went to the always-insanely-packed Whole Foods near me and went grocery shopping. It was DESERTED. I was the only person checking out. It was like heaven! (And then I got home in time to see Lady Gaga kill it!)