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Lady Gaga Schooled Everyone On How to Make a Political Statement ❤️🏈🎤🙌🏽

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There’s no need for an instant replay of Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl 51 halftime performance. Drones. Aerial stunts. The mic drop. We all saw it.

The 30-year-old pop star blew the roof off the NRG Stadium in Houston Sunday night and electrified the audience with a spellbinding performance that subtly schooled America, and pretty much the rest of the viewing world, on how to properly make a political statement.

As the days leading to Gaga’s halftime moment unfolded, speculation brewed heavy of whether or not the unpredictable performer would address the tumultuous political climate in the United States.

The artist has never let a moment slip to make a pitch for a cause in the past. In 2010, she walked the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet with four military service members affected by the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gay and lesbian service members. That same night she changed into a raw meat dress to urge the military not to discriminate against gay men and lesbians from serving in the army. She told British Vogue she chose to wear the controversial dress to point out the law prevented the military from enjoying “the greatest cut of meat” America has to offer. In 2016, Gaga shared the stage during her performance at the Oscars with 52 survivors of sexual assault to raise awareness that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men will be raped by the time they finish college.

At the halftime extravaganza, however, Gaga ultimately took a more insidious approach in expressing her passion for inclusivity of all people. She didn’t make a direct statement opposing the current state of political affairs. Instead, she kept a political poker face by practicing what she preaches.

Starting off the 13-minute set with “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land,” she reminded people that our nation belongs to everyone.

She reminded people to accept and embrace themselves and others with “Born This Way.” Over 100 million people watched her sing and dance to celebrate these lyrics:

You’re black, white, beige, chola descent

You’re Lebanese, you’re Orient

Whether life’s disabilities

Left you outcast, bullied, or teased

Rejoice and love yourself today

‘Cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi

Lesbian, transgendered life

Despite how people may feel during this divided time, Gaga reminded everyone to just dance and that everything will be okay with her hit “Just Dance.”

Instead of shoving her personal views down everyone’s throat like most people do all over social media, Gaga normalized equality and acceptance and lead by example. She captivated everyone with a stellar performance. In a recent interview with Michael Strahan, Gaga said:

“I have an opportunity with this performance to show a different part of this country that those who think that they are so different from me and my fans — to see that our hearts are really the same.”

That’s how you make America great again! We just have to remind people that we’re not all that different from one another. Our actions have to unite people to demonstrate that everyone matters. We need to make the people around us feel good and feel safe — not different or threatened.

It should be easy.

Making America great again doesn’t come from pushing your views down someone’s throat and trying to force them to see things your way. It doesn’t come from a political post on Facebook. It comes from our actions. Gaga figured it out. Everyone expected her to do something controversial. While on the world’s biggest stage, she chose not to divide people with a message that could come across as threatening to people who don’t see the world the same way she sees the world. She knows the world is divided enough. She knows that if you want others to see things your way, or at least consider it, then you should let your actions lead the way. People have a better chance at following examples when they’re not forced to see things a certain way. When someone can see for themselves that the result of practicing certain views leads to a positive impact, they’re more likely to follow. It’s human nature to want to figure something out on our own — but sometimes we need some guidance from someone who is brave and strong.

Thank you for this lesson, Lady Gaga. Here’s to hoping people will take note.

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First Look at Epic Trailer For Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’

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There are moments in a rockstar’s life that define who he is. The movie “Rocketman,” about the life of Elton John, will take audiences to some of those moments in summer 2019.

The film’s star, Taron Egerton, tweeted before the trailer was dropped to say that he was looking forward to people seeing it, adding: “Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am.”

That’s because the trailer is fucking brilliant. Check it out.

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Kanye West Wants To Arrange Meeting Between Kaepernick and Trump

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WARNING: Kanye West has a new album to promote, so expect BIZARRE behavior.

Kanye West’s new album, “Yhandi,” was promised to drop during his Sept. 29 appearance on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” That didn’t happen. Instead, the release date was changed to Nov. 23, a.k.a., Black Friday. In less than 48 hours, his outlandish conduct has included: controversy over wanting to abolish the 13th Amendment (which ended slavery), the filming of a music video in the grass by the parking lot outside of TMZ’s HQ, and announcing he’s trying to organize a meeting between Colin Kaepernick and President Donald Trump. More bat-shit craziness is likely to come.

Trump has been extremely critical of Kaepernick, strongly pressuring NFL owners to fire all of the “sons of bitches” who don’t stand for the national anthem.

But West wants to bring them together. During an interview Monday on “TMZ Live,” West said he’s reached out to Kaepernick to try to make that happen. Unless you’ve been trapped in human trafficking circles, you likely know Kaepernick was under intense scrutiny from Trump after kneeling during the national anthem at football games to shine a light on police brutality against black people.

He didn’t say if either side was open to the idea, but Trump has praised West for being a brilliant leader.

Meanwhile, Kim:

On a positive note, West did premiere a new song on “Saturday Night Live” that might just be his best song this decade. Check it out:

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Cardi B Turned Herself Into Police After Strip Club Fight

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Cardi B turned herself in to New York Police police at the 109th Precinct in Queens Monday morning over charges stemming from a fight at a strip club.

Sources told TMZ that Cardi B has “long-standing beef” with a bartender at the club, with whom she allegedly started the fight. The rapper was at Angels Strip Club back in Aug. 2018 to watch her husband, Offset, perform with Migos on the night of the incident, and she allegedly told her crew to attack the women with bottles and chairs after rumors swirled that one of them had slept with Offset.

The new mom was involved in another fight recently. In September, Cardi B was left with a welt on her head after she was involved in an altercation with Nicki Minaj at a New York Fashion Week party.

Joe Tacopina, the attorney representing the two female bartenders, released a statement to CNN stating: “Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients, and is being called to justice for her crimes. Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks,” Tacopina said. “But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes.”
“We’re aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm on that night,” Jeff Kern, an attorney representing Cardi B told press outside the police precinct. “We expect that the matter is going to be resolved expeditiously.”

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