So Super Bowl 50 is in the books and folks have been getting on Twitter and social media to gripe and complain not about their team losing or about the sloppily played game the Carolina Panthers played or how many sacks both teams combined for… rather they are complaining that the Halftime Show by Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars was promoting homosexuality and same-sex marriage, specifically.
Anyone who watched the Halftime Show– as opposed to leaving the TV to go head to the snacks and munchies or kitchen for pulled pork sandwiches, chips, a re-fill of soda or beer, and more guacamole for the nachos– can be their own judge. However, I saw the whole game and show and to be honest, from where I sat and watched, the show seemed to be promoting a more broader theme of UNITY!
There were messages for the Black Lives Matter cause, the same-sex marriage cause, the minority equality cause…
I think the overall message of the Super Bowl Halftime show was clear, UNITY was the theme. Coldplay’s Chris Martin summed it up during his first song when he said: “We love you, we’re all in this together!”. The many rainbows stood for Gay Power. Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” for Black and Minority power. Beyoncé for Girl Power. An homage to the diversity of past halftime performances. The final message in the stadium, a nod to Marriage Equality but more so what unifies people regardless of label? “Believe in Love.”
There might have been a nod to raising awareness and pride for the LGBT community… but it was not an exclusive LGBT-Only message.
Things people need to keep in mind:
1) This is San Francisco– a haven for the LGBT community.
2) However, just because there are rainbow colors does not instantly mean LGBT pride or LGBT propaganda or LGBT-anything. Why can’t rainbows just be rainbows and colors just be colors? It was the HATERS that made that instant association of colorful display with the LGBT community.
3) The NFL, and the musicians have publically supported the LGBT community.
4) This has been a HUGE year for LGBT equality and rights. Why not celebrate some aspects of those victories while raising awareness of other social issues?
5) Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people have been murdered, harassed, discriminated against, bullied, driven to suicide, etc. primarily because mainstream society seems encouraged and enabled to do so for decades, if not a least a century or two.
6) 60’s psychedelic color schemes, flower power, hippies, and bright, flamboyant 70’s glam rock glitter and metallic sparkles didn’t scream “GAY!!!”?? But a rainbow assortment of colors NOW suddenly does?
7) Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender folks have a right to love too.
8) Love is universal. It belongs to us all and should be shared and given to all.