Lady Gaga says performing at the Super Bowl half time show has been a lifelong dream. But the buzz surrounding the performance lately has been all about whether or not the singer will allow her politics to take center stage at the show.
A petition posted on Change.org, which has garnered about 2,400 signatures, calls for the pop superstar to be removed as the halftime entertainer because of her political outspokenness. Creator J. Stephen writes that because of Gaga’s involvement in another petition that called for the Electoral College to reverse course on Trump’s presidential win, the 30-year-old singer is “completely undeserving of such a platform as the Super Bowl.”
Stephen’s petition adds, “To suggest the disregard of millions of Americans rights to a fair election, simply because you feel 'afraid' and angry, is unacceptable and disgraceful to every veteran, and the concept of democracy.”
Meanwhile, some Twitter users have also voiced opinions and concerns about her upcoming performance.
One user wrote, "Hey @NFL #SuperBowl THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR Lady Gaga's & others' POLITICAL RANTS!" Another warned, "@NFL @CBSSPORTS @Kia @Budweiser @ladygaga one mention of political comments @SuperBowl and the tv goes off and we will not support your brands."
One user suggested, "@ladygaga at the superbowl please tell everyone to unite and stand behind President @realDonaldTrump, he loves our country."
Lady Gaga hasn't be shy about expressing her political views. She was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton’s during the presidential campaign and after Trump's victory, she was still fighting -- defiantly standing on a sanitation truck outside Trump Tower in New York City.
Gaga hasn’t said whether or not her performance will take a political stance. Many of her fans, however, are expecting it to.
If @ladygaga doesn't make a political statement during her super bowl performance I'm going to be so disappointed.— Kosh Spice (@koshspice) January 31, 2017
if lady gaga doesn't make some sort of political statement at the Super Bowl I'm gonna be PISSED..— lauren fOGarty (@laurenfogs) January 30, 2017
Gags better make some sort of anti-trump statement at the super bowl lol we're rooting for you girl @ladygaga— frank (@franktbh) January 31, 2017
The NFL has said several weeks ago it hadn't instructed Gaga not to mention Trump. Rumors swirled the organization had told her not to discuss politics, but the NFL denied those claims.
"This is unsourced nonsense from people trying to stir up controversy where there is none,” the NFL said at the time. “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.”
The Super Bowl airs Sunday on FOX.