Lady Gaga succeeded in sneaking in a subtle yet strong political statement during her halftime Super Bowl show. Though she said nothing controversial, Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson writes that by choosing to sing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" as the second song in her set, she made a reference to the protestors of President Trump's proposed refugee ban and border walls, as they have adopted this song as their unofficial anthem.
Lady Gaga's performance during the Super Bowl halftime show avoided politics and focused on showmanship. Daniel Nussbaum at Breitbart says that despite speculation before the show, Lady Gaga, who had been one of Hillary Clinton's biggest celebrity supporters, avoided making any political statements. However, he writes that she had publicly said a day before the Super Bowl that her performance would aim to portray the spirit of America.