That being said, the country was in a different place in September, when Gaga announced the news, than it is now.
No matter how all-consuming Super Bowl LI was for the 111.3 million people watching, how joyous it was for ecstatic Patriots fans and devastating for those rooting for the Falcons, everyone was still only a glance at a Twitter feed away from all the other issues roiling the world right now.
airplay chart hits off a debut album and in 2010 garnered two Grammy awards: Best Dance Recording (“Pokerface”), Best Electronic/Dance Album (“The Fame”), plus had been nominated in three other categories: Record of the Year (“Pokerface”), Song of the Year (“Pokerface”), and Album of the Year (“The Fame”).
Body-shaming a person like Gaga (who is, by most people’s standards, in great shape) is no worse than criticizing a plus-size man or woman because weight is not an accurate indicator of overall health and all bodies are beautiful.
It’s similar to the statement “real women have curves.” Plenty of women do, and their curves are beautiful and should be celebrated — but some women are naturally “ruler-shaped.” Their bodies are also very real, normal, and gorgeous.
As Sunday approached and, bit by bit, certain details of Gaga's game plan were revealed, the pressing question remained as to whether she was going to use the opportunity to make an overtly political statement, despite reports (that were denied) that the NFL had politely asked her to not go there."The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together," an NFL spokesperson told TMZ last week.
"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."Yet the world was still waiting to see what Gaga would do.