Adverts by Coca-Cola and Budweiser; an amazing half time performance by Lady Gaga; and a thrilling final catch to swing the game to the Patriots. A spectacular show!
Lady Gaga is no stranger to our RE lessons with year 9 students studying the Lady Gaga video for her song Judas for all the religious symbolism. We also know her for all the work she does for LGBT+ rights. At the Super Bowl she mainly sang the choruses from her hit songs but when it came to her 2011 hit, “Born This Way,” she again offered another clear message of acceptance by choosing to sing lyrics from a verse towards the end of the song: “No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgendered life/I’m on the right track baby/I was born to survive.”
Coca-Cola’s advert won praise from many for its multli-lingual singalong advert which emphasised the multicultural nature of the USA, whereas Budweiser was both praised and criticised for its story of how Adolphus Busch moved to the US from Germany in the 1850s and then co-founded the Anheuser-Busch company. The company maintains that it is not intended to be a political statement, and that it has been in progress since well before the US election in November last year. This didn’t stop Trump supporters sending out the call to #BoycottBudweiser.
But if all you want out of the Super Bowl is the sport: here’s the Edelman catch right at the end!