The New England Patriots face the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston. Football fans mingled with anti-Trump demonstrators by a fan festival in the city’s downtown last Sunday, while politics in the NFL has been a hot topic since last summer, when the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Kaepernick, refused to stand for the national anthem in protest at police violence.
During the campaign Tom Brady, the Patriots’ star quarterback was spotted with a “Make America Great Again” cap in his locker in 2015. He declined to discuss his relationship with Trump or give an opinion on last Friday’s executive order on travel during a media event on Monday, saying he was “just a positive person” who wanted “the best for everybody”.
In January the NFL denied that it would gag Gaga from making political statements during her show. At last year’s Beyonce perfomed a song with a video that critiques police brutality, and her dancers wore Black Panther-esque berets and posed with raised fists.
Lady Gaga won’t say who she’s rooting for during Sunday’s Super Bowl, or if she’ll be hanging from the ceiling in Houston — but she wants to bring people together. She simply said that the only statements:
“I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality and that the spirit of this country is one of love and compassion and kindness,” she continued. “So my performance will uphold those philosophies.”
Furthermore, she hinted at the values she holds dear that are fueling the show when asked if her goal is to “unify America.”
“I don’t know if I will succeed in unifying America — you’ll have to ask America when it’s over,” said Gaga, who campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
She also said not to read into the bee emoji she posted on Instagram recently, which caused some to wonder if Beyonce would be a part of her act.
“Essentially that kid that couldn’t get a seat at the cool kids’ table, and that kid that was kicked out of the house because his mom and dad didn’t accept him for who he was? That kid’s gonna have the stage for 13 minutes,” she told reporters. “And I’m excited to give it to them.”
“Get excited to see something that you haven’t seen before. We’ve put everything that we could into this show and we did it for you because we love you … We love this country and we know they’ll be watching.”
Gaga was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, speaking and singing at the Democratic candidate’s final rally on the eve of the election. In the hours after Trump’s victory she was pictured standing on a sanitation truck outside Trump Tower in New York holding a sign that read “Love trumps hate”.