The NFL have reportedly been left shocked that their pick for this year’s Superbowl half-time show, publicity stunt enthusiast and political activist Lady Gaga, is planning to introduce outrageous theatrics and politics into her mid-show performance on February 5.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, the Perfect Illusion singer is plotting to sing from the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium, along with being hoisted into the air at various junctures in her 15-minute set. But organisers are reportedly panicked by the outlandish requests, which are far more technically risky than the more earthbound spectaculars put on by Beyoncé and Coldplay in recent years.
“They’re writing up multiple plans about how to safely get her on the roof, including potentially [cutting] a hole in the ceiling of the dome,” a source told the paper. “Trying to figure out insurance for it is crazy.”
The NFL have also moved to deny another report about the performance which indicated that they have banned the star from discussing politics.
A source told Entertainment Tonight, “Lady Gaga was told by the NFL that she cannot say anything or bring anything up about the election, or mention Donald Trump.”
The musician has been a vocal advocate against Trump’s policies, and said she felt “depressed” as a result of leaked footage in which he boasted that he has groped women “by the p—-“.
“Here we were, in 2016, and the fact that the sort of language that was being used to talk about women was everywhere — on TV, in politics — was eye-opening,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I felt depressed and hurt by it because that’s what that kind of language does.”
She later protested outside of Trump Tower in the wake of November’s election.