If you weren’t one of the 111.9 million TV viewers that tuned into Super Bowl Sunday on NBC, you’re probably already aware of the incredible performances at the infamous half-time show. But this year was something really special. Something with a little more substance than per usual.
Coldplay stepped onto the stage as the first act, adorning their rainbow flags, which as any Coldplay fan would recognize as an homage to their newest album cover: A Head Full of Dreams. If you’ve seen their newest video with Queen B herself, you’ll recognize the homage to rainbows as it’s set in India during the “Festival of Colours”.
“A Head Full of Dreams” Album art. Image via: coldplay.com
Yet this colourful display was much more than brand promotion of their newest album. A few choice moments recognized that as Chris Martin leapt into the crowd with a fan waving the pride flag over his head. Millions of viewers had just watched a 12-minute tribute video to LGBTQ love.
The audience at Levi’s Stadium, held up place cards that spelt out “Believe in Love” and Twitter picked up on it immediately.
But the politically charged performances didn’t stop there. Beyoncé sang
“Formation,” her Saturday-released black body-positivity anthem. Featuring lyrics like “I Like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/ I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.” Her back up dancers even sported iconic uniforms pieces worn by the Black Panthers. While also paying homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.
As perhaps the most explicitly politically charged Super Bowl half-time performance in recent history, some failed to view the politics of the performance at all.
We can’t wait to see what happens next year. Comment on your thoughts below!