Super Bowl Reflections: Beyoncè (Crass) and Lady Gaga (Class)
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.
From the Daily Mail:
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.
Is this really necessary in life?
Maybe a better question is “Isn’t it great to live in Barack Obama’s post-racial America?”