Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show

Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show

Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show (Source: YouTube screen capture)
Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show (Source: YouTube screen capture)

In most-watched US television event of the year, a political message of unity, reconciliation & ethnic-racial inclusion televised to American public with dance.

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Lady Gaga's Superbowl halftime show

Feb 6, 2017
AFP News Agency

Lady Gaga lit up the Super Bowl halftime show in the US on Monday with a message of unity and reconciliation for America.

The US has been suffering from political tensions and polarization recently much like Thailand suffered during the eight years of street protests from 2006 to 2014.

Lady Gaga's show brought with it a message of inclusion for the multi-ethnic and multi-racial country that the US is, with everyone, whether Swedish-American or Thai-American or Iranian-American or American of any origin, having an equal claim to being American.

The video below has highlights from the show. For the full show see the bottom of page.

DAZZLING HALFTIME SHOW

Lady Gaga dazzled the crowd with a high-tech, tightly choreographed halftime show celebrating American diversity and unity. A halftime show is a musical or dance performance given during the brief period between the first and second halves of a sporting event such as football.

The Superbowl is usually the most watched US television event of the year. It is the national championship game of American football and the Superbowl halftime show is the highlight of the event and millions of dollars are spent to prepare the show.

Lady Gaga jumps from the lip of the stadium as drones hover above her in the shape and colours of the American flag. (Source: YouTube screen capture)

THE SHOW

The pop diva Lady Gaga electrified NRG Stadium in Houston with a pulsating medley of her greatest hits.

From the outset, Gaga served notice this was no ordinary halftime show.

She began her performance from high up on the edge or lip of the stadium.

An army of 300 drones formed a twinkling American flag in the sky.

Then she took flight.

The singer, clad in a sparkling silver bodysuit and knee high boots, leapt from the edge of the retractable roof onto the stage with the help of some sturdy wires.

The performance was nonstop from there.

Fireworks shoot off as Lady Gaga lands on a tower in the middle of the stadium.

WOULD SHE RIP INTO PRESIDENT TRUMP, OR NOT?

Ahead of the show, all eyes were on Lady Gaga to see whether she would use the platform to rip into President Donald Trump at a tense time in US politics.

Even with Vice President Mike Pence in attendance at the Superbowl, Lady Gaga -- a sworn foe of Trump -- kept with the game's guidelines to steer clear of overt politics.

Instead the singer, known for her audacious outfits, delivered what seemed to be a more subtle message.

"How are you doing tonight, Texas? How are you doing tonight, America?" Gaga asked.

"We're here to make you feel good," she said.

Lady Gaga with her dancers.

ALTERNATIVE US NATIONAL ANTHEM: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND 

She opened with "This Land is Your Land," the anthem by leftist legendary American folk singer Woody Guthrie.

The song has come to be seen as an alternative national anthem for the United States.

Gaga then mixed up her biggest songs -- from "Let's Dance" and "Poker Face" to "Born This Way".

"Born This Way" is an anthem of inclusion in which she speaks of acceptance of people regardless of their ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Lady Gaga with her Keytar piano guitar.

TIME FOR A GROUP HUG

She was backed up by an upbeat, ethnically diverse cast of dancers.

At one point during the performance the dancers all joined in a so-called "group hug".

A "group hug" is when a group of people all join together to hug each other and is used to create a feeling of unity and cohesion in a group.

"No matter gay, straight or bi... You're Lebanese / You're orient," she sang.

"Whether life's disabilities left you outcast, bullied or teased / Rejoice and love yourself today!"

STRIPPED OFF HER DRESS TO REVEAL HOT PANTS

With just 13 minutes at her disposal, Gaga could not pull off many changes of costume.

By the end, though, she had stripped off her metallic dress to perform in hot pants, football shoulder pads -- and stiletto-heeled boots.

"Hot pants" are extremely short pants made often in expensive fabrics such as velvet or silk and worn more as a fashion statement than practical everyday clothing.

Lady Gaga even changed her makeup during the performance, using peel off crystals to alter her look to match her choice of song.

Her dancers also switched outfits during the performance from flashy club attire to placid white clothes.

Lady Gaga has long been associated with a sort of oozing sexuality.

But this time, In keeping with her recent theme of family connection, Gaga shouted out to her parents as she sang her recent ballad "Million Reasons" and played the piano.

At the end of the show, Gaga literally dropped the microphone -- and caught a football as fireworks shot into the air.

Lady Gaga leaving the stage.

DRONES FORMED SPONSOR'S LOGO AT END OF SHOW

The Super Bowl is the most coveted advertising venue of the year.

The drone army used in the show, designed by chip-maker Intel, ended in another show of Americana -- commercialism forming the logo of sponsor Pepsi with drones in the sky.

Intel described the halftime show as the most elaborate televised use ever of drones.


"The potential for these light show drones is endless," Intel executive Josh Walden said in a statement, saying the company planned to explore more ways to use the technology.

Super Bowl performances are rarely directly provocative, although last year Beyonce startled many by playing her single "Formation." Its video had a message against police brutality.

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Vocabulary

  • acceptance (noun): the act of accepting a gift, an invitation, an award, an offer, etc. - การตอบรับ
  • advertising: telling the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it - การโฆษณา
  • alter: to change - เปลี่ยนแปลง
  • alternative: another choice - ทางเลือก, ตัวเลือก
  • anthem (noun): a song that has a special importance for a country, an organization or a particular group of people, and is sung on special occasions -
  • associated with: connected with in some way - ที่เชื่อมโยงกัน
  • at her disposal: available for her to use -
  • attire (noun): clothes - เครื่องแต่งกาย, เครื่องแต่งตัว
  • audacious: done with extreme confidence, despite difficulties, risks, or the negative attitudes of other people; showing a willingness to take risks - กล้าหาญ, ไม่เกรงกลัว
  • bi: bisexual; a person who likes girls and boys -
  • boots (noun): strong shoes that cover the foot and ankle and often the lower part of the leg - รองเท้าบูท, รองเท้าหุ้มข้อเท้า
  • brief: lasting for only a short time - ระยะเวลาสั้นๆ
  • brutality: extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel extreme violence, especially when it is deliberately cruel - ความโหด, ความเหี้ยมโหด, ความอำมหิต
  • bullied: threatened or frightened by someone with influence, status or power - ถูกรังแก
  • cast: the actors in a film, play or show - คนแสดง
  • celebrate (verb): to praise somebody/something - ยกย่อง, สรรเสริญ
  • championship: a competition to find the best player or team in a sport or game - การแข่งขันเพื่อได้ตัวผู้ชนะเลิศ
  • choreographed: (of a complicated event or activity) carefully planned or organised - จัดตั้ง
  • clad: dressed or covered - สวมใส่
  • claim: saying that you have the right to have or own something, especially land or property - การอ้างสิทธิ
  • cohesion: staying together; sticking together -
  • commercialism: the fact of being more interested in making money than in the value or quality of things - หลักการหรือวิธีการพานิชย์,ลัทธิการค้าเพื่อหวังผลกำไร,ลักษณะพ่อค้า
  • costume: the clothes worn by people from a particular place or for a particular job - เครื่องแต่งกาย
  • coveted: wanted very much; that everyone would like to win - ที่ใครอยากได้
  • crowd: many people gathered at one place - ฝูงชน, กลุ่มคน, มวลชน
  • dazzle: to impress somebody a lot with your beauty, skill, etc - ทำให้ประทับใจ
  • deliver: to do what you promised to do or what you are expected to do; to produce or provide what people expect you to - ทำตามคำสัญญา
  • describe (verb): to say what somebody/something is like - เล่า, บรรยาย, บอก
  • directly (adv): in a direct line or manner; immediately - โดยตรง, ทันที
  • disability: an illness, injury or condition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other people do - ความพิการ
  • diva : a famous female singer -
  • diverse (adj): including people from many different backgrounds; very different from each other - หลากหลาย
  • diversity: including many different types of things or people - ความหลากหลาย
  • drone (noun): an aircraft (or ship) without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล
  • edge (noun): the outside limit of an object, a surface or an area; the part furthest from the centre - ริม, ขอบ
  • elaborate: containing a lot of careful detail or many detailed parts - ที่ประณีต,อย่างรอบคอบ,ซับซ้อน,ละเอียด,ที่บรรจง
  • electrified: using electricity -
  • equal: having the same number, score, etc. - เท่ากัน, เสมอ
  • equal: having the same rights or being treated the same as other people, without differences such as race, religion or sex being considered - เท่าเทียมกัน
  • ethnic: of a group of people with the same culture or traditions - กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์
  • ethnically: relating to a group of people who have their own culture and traditions - เกี่ยวกับชนกลุ่มน้อย ในที่นี้หมายถึง กลุ่มชนที่มีวัฒนธรรมและประเพณีต่างไปจากกลุ่มใหญ่ในประเทศ
  • ethnicity: belonging to a particular ethnic group - ลักษณะของเชื้อชาติหรือกลุ่มชนที่เหมือนกันหรือต่างกัน
  • event: a planned public or social occasion - งานสังคม
  • expensive (adj): costing a lot of money - แพง
  • explore: to examine something completely or carefully in order to find out more about it - สำรวจ,ตรวจ
  • fabric: cloth, especially when it is used for making things such as clothes or curtains - ผ้าหรือสิ่งทอ
  • fashion: the newest clothes designed by fashion designers - เครื่องแต่งกายสมัยนิยม, แฟชั่น
  • fashion statement: wearing some special clothes (fashion) to make people feel something or give them some impression -
  • feeling (noun): an emotional condition or state that a person is in such as anger or happiness - ความรู้สึก, อารมณ์
  • fireworks (noun): objects that explode when you light them and produce coloured lights and loud noise - ดอกไม้ไฟ, ดอกไม้เพลิง, พลุ
  • foe: an enemy or opponent - ศัตรู
  • gay (adj): sexually attracted to people of the same sex - เกย์, พวกรักร่วมเพศ
  • guidelines: official instructions or advice about how to do something - สิ่งที่ช่วยแนะแนวทางให้ปฏิบัติ
  • highlight (noun): the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event - จุดเด่น, จุดสำคัญ, เหตุการณ์สำคัญ,
  • hug: the action of putting your arms round someone to show your love or friendship - การกอด
  • in attendance: to be present at an event -
  • inclusion (noun): being included or part of something - การผนวก, การรวมเข้าไว้ด้วยกัน
  • leapt (past of leap): made a large jump or sudden movement, usually from one place to another - กระโดด
  • leftist: a person who supports left-wing (in favour of social change) political parties and their ideas - ผู้นิยมฝ่ายซ้าย
  • legendary: very famous or well known for a long time -
  • lip: either of the two soft edges at the opening to the mouth - ริมฝีปาก
  • literally: really true; exactly as what was said - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างตามตัวอักษร
  • logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
  • makeup: substances that you put on your face or body which are intended to improve its appearance - เครื่องสำอาง
  • match: a person or thing that combines well with somebody/something else - คู่ที่เหมาะ (กับ), คู่รักหวานชื่น
  • medley (noun): a piece of music consisting of several songs or tunes played or sung one after the other - เพลงผสม
  • message: an important idea that someone is trying to communicate - ประเด็น, เนื้อความ
  • metallic: made of or containing metal - ซึ่งประกอบด้วยโลหะ
  • mixed: a combination or mixture of different things - ผสม
  • multi-: more than one; many - มาก, หลาย
  • musical: a play or a film/movie in which part or all of the story is told using songs and often dancing - ละครเพลง
  • national (adjective): for the whole country - แห่งชาติ, ของชาติ
  • national anthem: the official national song of a country - เพลงชาติ
  • notice: information or a warning given in advance of something that is going to happen - การแจ้งล่วงหน้า
  • oozing: slowing flowing out from a place - ไหลซึม, ซึมออก, รั่ว
  • ordinary: not unusual or different in any way - ธรรมดา, ปกติ
  • orient: Asia -
  • origin: the place where someone/something comes from - ที่มา, ต้นกำเนิด
  • outfit (noun): a set of clothes that are worn together - เครื่องแต่งกาย
  • outset: beginning -
  • overt: not hidden or secret - ชัดเจน, โจ่งแจ้ง
  • peel off (verb): to remove the outer layer of something - ลอกออก
  • perform: to put on a show for people, e.g., singing, playing a sport, etc - แสดง
  • performance: the act of carrying out some type of entertainment or sport - การแสดง
  • placid: calm and peaceful, with very little movement - สงบนิ่ง
  • platform: an elevated place or position that everyone can see -
  • practical: suitable for the situation in which something is used - ที่ขึ้นอยู่กับความเป็นจริง
  • prepare (verb): put in order, get ready - เตรียม, เตรียมตัว, เตรียมพร้อม, จัดเตรียม, ตระเตรียม
  • provocative: causing an angry reaction, usually intentionally - กวนโทสะ
  • provocative (adj): intended to make people excited or to pay attention - ซึ่งแหย่,ซึ่งปลุกปั่น
  • pulsating: exciting or excited - ทำให้ตะลึงงัน, ทำให้งง
  • racial: connected with a person's race - เกี่ยวกับเชื้อชาติ
  • rarely: not happening often - นานๆ ครั้ง, ไม่บ่อย
  • reconciliation: a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with - การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก, การสมานฉันท์
  • regardless of: without being affected or influenced by anything else that happens or exists - โดยไม่คำนึงถึง
  • rejoice: to feel very happy about something, or to celebrate something in a happy way - ดีใจ, ปลื้มใจ, มีความสุข
  • sexual orientation: whether a person is attracted to men, women or both -
  • sexuality: the feelings and activities connected with a person's sexual desires - เรื่องทางเพศ, ลักษณะทางเพศ
  • silk: a type of fine smooth cloth made from silk thread - ผ้าไหม
  • sort of: to some extent but not completely - ทำนองนั้น
  • sparkling (adj): shining and flashing with light - พร่างพราย
  • stadium: a large closed area of land with rows of seats around the sides and often with no roof which is used for sports events and musical performances - สนามกีฬาที่มีอัฒจันทร์โดยรอบ
  • stage (noun): a raised area, usually in a theatre, etc. where actors, dancers, speakers etc. perform - เวที
  • startled: to be suddenly very surprised in a way that slightly shocks or frightens you - ผวา, ขวัญหาย
  • steer clear of: to avoid; to stay away from - เลี่ยง
  • sturdy: physically strong and solid or thick, and therefore unlikely to break or be hurt - แข็งแกร่ง
  • subtle: not obvious - เบาบาง
  • switch: to change - เปลี่ยน
  • sworn: to make a declaration that you intend to do something -
  • tease: to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way - หยอกล้อ, ยั่วเย้า
  • tense: making you feel nervous or worried - ทำให้เครียด
  • unity: a situation in which people, groups, or countries join together or agree about something - ความเป็นเอกภาพ, ความเป็นอันหนึ่งอันเดียวกัน
  • unity: (n) the state of being in agreement and working together -
  • upbeat (adj): quick and enthusiastic - จังหวะขึ้น
  • velvet: a cloth usually woven from silk or cotton with a thick soft furry surface - ผ้ากำมะหยี่
  • venue: the place where an activity or event happens - สถานที่ที่จัดงาน
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