Super Bowl Reflections: Beyoncè Cynical Marketer, Lady Gaga Shines

Super Bowl Reflections: Beyoncè (Crass) and Lady Gaga (Class)

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Yesterday’s Big Game was terrific. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. A word here about a couple of the musical performances. First, Lady Gaga:

When I tweeted that she was lip syncing, someone responded that she “at least she looked normal,” which I guess meant that she wasn’t wearing a dress made out of meat, or being carried around in a giant egg. I got the impression that this responder thought I was criticizing her. Far from it. Even if she was performing to a track that she pre-recorded, I thought she was terrific. She sung our national anthem as well as anyone I’ve heard since the late Whitney Houston. She even teared up, which is something I do as well, so even though I can’t sing, I can relate to that. And she did look great.

 

Beyoncè, on the other hand, decided to politicize her Super Bowl appearance for the most cynical reason: to sell her music.

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Crass

From the Daily Mail:

Beyonce issued a strong political statement with her halftime show at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with backing dancers dressed as members of armed rights group the Black Panthers.

The superstar brought the dancers on for her new single Formation which is being widely touted as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

At one point during the song, the supporting performers formed an ‘X’ on the field – thought to reference black rights campaigner Malcolm X – and then raised their arms in the air in a gesture referencing the black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Australian Olympics.

Following the show, several of the dancers were pictured giving the same salute around a piece of paper that reads ‘justice 4 Mario Woods’ – a black man shot dead by police in San Francisco last December.

Read more here. 

The story also notes that Beyoncè’s  mother also posted this photo of her with the dancers giving the “black power” salute.

Beyoncè

Is this really necessary in life?

Maybe a better question is “Isn’t it great to live in Barack Obama’s post-racial America?”

4 comments

  1. Sorry, but Obama has set the race divide back 50 years. His DOJ under Holder refused to prosecute the Black Panthers voter intimidation even though there was video. And the “Black Lives Matter” BS is summed up by Sherriff David Clarke, ” Black Lies Matter”. He is Afro American, actually an AMERICAN. I am not a German-American, though both parents were born there. I am American, and was proud of it until 1/21/08.
    We now have a PoTuS who is leading the Sharia takeover of the country. Stand by.
    As to Beyoncé, she is beyond despicable for her stunt. I did not notice, as I missed her “performance”. 🙁
    The POTUS ‘ song needs to be “Despicable Me”.
    “im having a bad bad day
    It’s about time that I get my way
    Steam rollin in whatever I see,
    Oh, despicable me”

    • As I’m sure you know, Randy, I was being sarcastic about the One and his “post-racial” America. But for his race, Obama would still be on a Chicago street corner with his clipboard and bullhorn. Race is his coin of the realm, which of course is why he appointed racialist Eric Holder to head what would become the most politicized, race-obsessed Dept. Of (In)Justice in history. And yes, importing as many Muslims as possible, along with their Sharia ideas, is a huge part of Obama’s “remaking” of America. Wasn’t Rev. Wright a Muslim for a while, like all black radicals of the 60’s? Yes. You missed nothing but not seeing Beyoncè which I’m sure you also realize. Have a great day and a great week!

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