MUSIC The pop star has performed for nearly a quarter of an hour, Sunday, at half-time of the 51st final of the Superbowl…
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” The only declarations that I will do during my show are the ones that I have made consistently throughout my career “, had warned last week Lady Gaga. The artist who made the show this Sunday at the 51st final of the Superbowl in Houston, Texas, some were waiting for a position with a trench about the accession of Donald Trump to power. The pop star has therefore preferred to the rebellion in softness to the flyer punk, but his performance was far from being consensual. Decryption.
Lady Gaga will appear at the top of the NRG Stadium in Houston. While she sings a cloud of stars to light up blue, red or white before forming an american flag. This opening is largely tinged with patriotism. The diva combines the words of God Bless America and This Land is your Land, two hymns unofficial celebrating the homeland, less by ode to chauvinism than to make it echo the text that takes on a particular meaning in the dawn of the era Trump. “God bless America, land that I love. He is still at his sides, and the guide in the illuminating through the night. This land is your land, this land is my land … This land was made for you and me “, sings the artist before declaiming the last words of the oath of allegiance to the american flag : “One nation, under God, indivisible, guaranteeing to all freedom and justice. “Donald has he received the message ?
- A superhéroïne to the relief of America
Without warning, Lady Gaga throws herself into the void. Supported by two ropes, she made her entrance on stage as a Wonder Woman glitter. The gif of his jump has since become viral. A reporter from Buzzfeed used it to illustrate ” the fact that it is to cover the policy in 2017 “.
This ” leap of faith “, this ” act of faith “, has impressed the Americans… Have they seen in the singer a messiah of pop ready to preach his good word ? We know, thanks to Spider-Man that” with great powers come great responsibilities “. Lady Gaga will therefore have to rise to the occasion.
Lady Gaga at the 51st Super Bowl. A super-hero to save America ? – Gregory Shamus / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
- A country that is reborn from its ashes ?
“superhéroïne” lands in a post-apocalyptic setting. Bright stars seem to be stripped of the american flag to be planted in the ground.
the scene of The show in the mid-time of the 51st Super Bowl, Houston. – Bob Levey / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA
Around it, not everything is as iron, flame, and smoke. It is Mad Max in Texas. It takes place on a metallic structure that lends itself to many interpretations (a simple scaffolding ? The remnant of a tower ? A reminder of the torch of the Statue of liberty ?….).
Tina Turner in “Mad Max 3″ vs Lady Gaga at the 51st Super Bowl. – REX FEATURES/SIPA – AL BELLO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
the More the show progresses, the more this decor anxiety fades to dress in light and bright colors. The blue, white and red, the colors of the american flag – and the sponsor Pepsi – inundate the last table, at the rate of Bad Romance.
- Don’t forget the lyrics
Lady Gaga starts her medley with Pokerface. She sings “I wanna hold’em like they do in Texas” (” I want to hold them like they do in Texas “, these words are also a play on words with the Texas hold’em, a poker variant) and then grabs an iron bar.
Lady Gaga at the 51st Super Bowl has “wanted to take them as they do it in Texas”. – Christopher Polk / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
A-t-on the spirit placed in the wrong position if we see a phallic symbol ? And surinterprète-t-it is the gesture if it was seen as a response to the “Grab’ em by the pussy ” of Donald Trump ? Much more explicit, the words of Born This Way : “regardless of whether I’m gay, homo, or bi, lesbian or trans. I’m on the right track, baby. (…) Regardless of whether I’m black, white, or beige, latina or designed in the East, I was born to be brave. “Sentences that are manifest in the light of the concerns raised by the administration Trump and his conservatism. The text of the song, which is aimed at self-acceptance also refers to the religion : “I’m beautiful in my way because God never commits error “… In a State like Texas, allegedly reactionary and very believer, these sentences have a particular resonance.
Only moment of calm in the middle of this quarter-hour spectacular : the transition to the piano to Lady Gaga, which then initiates a “Hello Houston, boujour the world, we are here to make you feel good,” and sings one of his newest singles, A Million Reasons. “I have a million reasons for me to go but, baby, one good reason make me stay. “The love of country stronger than the urge to exile in Canada ?
beyond all of these political interpretations, this half-time will have completed its contract : offer of the show. Lady Gaga has continued its great success and increased the number of winks to pop. With its synth slung over Just Dance, she had a false air of Jem and the Holograms.
“Jem and the Holograms” vs Lady Gaga. – Blumhouse Productions – Christopher Polk / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
The bright costumes, glittering, sparkling, and clearly too-much were in the service of a parade camp that would not have denied a candidate of the Eurovision. Its output stage has been initiated by a ” mic drop “, a letting go of micro, gesture appeared in the middle of the stand up in the 1980s but popularized by Barack Obama in 2012…
The allusion to the ex-tenant of the White House and she was direct and deliberate ? Lady Gaga will not respond and will just literally grab the ball with the jump before jumping again, and disappear. Mission accomplished.
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