Lady Gaga's Halftime Show

Lady Gaga's Halftime Show

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Lady Gaga's Halftime Show refers to Lady Gaga's performance during halftime of Super Bowl LI. The performance, particularly the moment when Gaga jumped off the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston and was lowered via cables onto the stage, sparked parodies and comparisons on social media.


On February 5th, 2017, at the beginning of the halftime show at Super Bowl LI, Lady Gaga sang a mashup of American folk songs "God Bless America" and "This Land Is Your Land," recited a bit of the American Pledge of Allegiance, then jumped from the roof of NRG Stadium and was lowered onto her stage via cables. The moment, shown below, immediately sparked jokes and pop culture comparisons on social media.


Immediately after the jump, members of Twitter began making jokes by comparing the jump to other notable jumps in pop culture. Some of the tweets compiled in the Twitter Moment[1] around the event compared the moment to Toy Story, Professional Wrestling, and the film Black Swan (shown below).

drake Follow @drakelambright Lady gaga getting ready to jump CIMPLE Complex Sports Φ @ComplexSports SPORTS Follow LADY GAGA FROM THE TOP OF THE CAGE 0:07 Ryan Carey-Mahoney Φ @thegoodcarmah Follow / I just want to make sure Gaga didn't die in the jump. Anyone seen her? #SuperBowl GIF IT WAS PERFECT.

Spongebob Comparisons

One of the most popular comparisons people made was between Gaga's jump and a moment in the first Spongebob Squarepants movie in which Spongebob hangs from the ceiling via rope after singing "Goofy Goober Rock." Bustle[2] was quick to make the comparison after the show (shown below), as did many Twitter users.

Bustle Φ @bustle + Follow who did it better???? # Superbowl LL

Bustle[3] also published a compilation of tweets making the comparison and a reference became the top post on /r/DankMemes[4] the following day, receiving over 6,800 upvotes.

"Simpsons Did It"

A few Twitter users and media outlets noted that Gaga's performance bore a strong resemblance to her appearance on The Simpsons episode "Lisa Goes Gaga" from 2012. In the clip, shown below, Gaga is lifted above her Simpsons-character fans, which many found similar to the way Lady Gaga entered the Super Bowl. The Daily Dot[5] and Huffington Post both covered the similarity.

Various Examples

Lady Gaga performs at Super Bowl LI halftime show (2017) QUEEN GAGA @_QLadyGaga Follow Woah, woah, woah. The Simpsons predicted @ladygaga performing at the #SuperBowl? 9:42 PM -5 Feb 2017 Follow Dory @Dory Lady Gaga wanna be Spongebob so bad 8:31 PM-5 Feb 2017 Dory @Dory Follow lady gaga just jumped off like Brian Geisinger @bgeis_bird Follow I mean, respect for Gaga jumping from the roof like that, but she clearly poached that move from the Gott Man ri Drunk Mode App Φ DrunkModeApp Follow / : Lady Gaga tonight

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I would not be surprised if more than one of these was not a coincidence. It would not be the first time for Gaga to try too hard to cling onto pop culture elements more popular than herself.

(yes, these actually happened, and they were not exactly well received by most Miku fans)


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