Monday, February 6, 2017

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Lombardi...

The Super Bowl was quite a contest, and the New England Patriots found a way to exploit the Atlanta Falcons' mistakes and come back from the dead to take a victory.

Something interesting happened on the way to the Lombardi Trophy presentation, though, and I think it actually shows how much progress we have made.

Stephanie Germanotta, better known by her stage name of Lady Gaga, took to the Super Bowl halftime stage and killed it.  She sang and danced and got as many positive reviews as I can remember one artist of her ilk receiving from folks young and old and in between.  She even bridged the liberal to conservative gap with many on both sides calling her performance stunning.

Conservatives, who, prior to her performance, begged Gaga to keep her performance politics-free, praised her for just singing her songs and resisting the urge to protest Donald Trump or anything else.  It's interesting though that her set list included some interesting songs.

First of all, Gaga, while atop NRG Stadium, sang "God Bless America", "This Land is Your Land" and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Once she descended from the rafters, she sang a chorus of "Bad Romance" and then launched in to the song "Born This Way" which, if you know the song, is all about being born fabulous and not ever forgetting it.

Some of the lyrics...
"There's nothing wrong with loving who you are"
She said, "'Cause he made you perfect, babe"
"So hold your head up girl and you'll go far,
Listen to me when I say"
I'm beautiful in my way
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way 
Don't hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way (Born this way)
Oh there ain't no other way
Baby I was born this way
Baby I was born this way
Later...
In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth ,,,
A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)
Later...
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
So, apparently, this is no longer considered a protest song or a song for conservatives to rail against.  There is apparently no political content in this song.  It's just a song...a truth.  God made me gay.

I was born this way.

I'm glad so many conservatives finally agree.

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