Yesterday there were rumors that the NFL was attempting to silence Lady Gaga from speaking about politics during her halftime show. Today the NFL answered those questions.
“Entertainment Tonight reported on Tuesday that the NFL told the singer that she could not “say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump,” according to sources close to the halftime show.”
“It’s false,” Natalie Ravitz, senior vice president of communications for the NFL told CNN. “This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none. The Super Bowl is a time when people really come together. Lady Gaga is focused on putting together an amazing show for fans and we love working with her on it; we aren’t going to be distracted by this.”
Representatives for Lady Gaga confirmed the NFL’s statement.
The singer, a Hillary Clinton supporter who performed at the Democratic presidential candidate’s final rally in North Carolina, is no stranger to making political statements, especially against President-elect Trump.
Following the election in November, Lady Gaga stood on top of a sanitation truck outside Trump’s New York office and held a sign that read, “Love Trumps hate.” The pop star also called out future First Lady Melania Trump for her stance against online bullying, calling it “hypocrisy” and saying in a tweet that Trump’s husband “is 1 of the most notorious bullies we have ever witnessed.”
The past few years some have complained that the Super Bowl has been politicized, and the NFL ratings have been down all year. But there are a lot of people that voted for Hillary Clinton and maybe they just want to hear someone tell them they are not alone.