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Jedediah Bila Praises Gaga For Subtle Super Bowl Performance: ‘She Lets the Music Speak For Itself’

After repeatedly expressing her displeasure when an entertainer gets political during a performance or acceptance speech, today on ABC’s The ViewJedediah Bila finally got to cheer for an artist who didn’t. During last night’s Super Bowl, many expected halftime performer Lady Gaga to deliver a pointedly anti-Donald Trump message, but like she said she would, she stuck with the message she’s been promoting for a decade and nothing more or less.

It just so happens that the standard Gaga message is political, so she didn’t necessarily have to make any overt efforts.

Joy Behar said, “When she sings ‘Born This Way,’ that’s directly at Mike Pence.”

For reference, the lyrics are as follows:

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I’m on the right track baby
I was born to be brave

I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby I was born this way

Given Pence’s extreme Christian ideology and stance on homosexuality — specifically his seeming support for controversial “conversion therapy” — coupled with the fact that he was at the game last night, the choice to sing “Born This Way” certainly seems like a poignant one.  Whoopi Goldberg pointed out it wasn’t Gaga’s only sly political message, though. The actress asserted that a performer doesn’t have to be political to be political, so to speak, and Sunny Hostin and Behar mentioned, too, that Gaga singing “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie was a statement in itself.

Regardless, Bila praised Gaga because “she’s super talented and she lets the music speak for itself” while not “trying hard to throw some kind of statement” at people.

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