The Super Bowl is one of the most awaited gaming events in the United States every year, and since the 1960s, it has gotten bigger and reached out to a wider audience, even ones outside the country.
That is why some social media users on Sunday started arguing that the organizers of Super Bowl 50 might have deliberately created a halftime show that supports homosexuality, which was televised across the United States, and even overseas.
During the halftime portion of the match between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, a Pepsi-led commercial involved a rainbow of colors that filled Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.
— PinkNews (@PinkNews) February 8, 2016
Another hint that the show was promoting gay people’s rights is a message that many members of the audience participated in.
“Believe in Love,” the message said.
The show included some of the most notable performers in the music industry, including Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay who performed “Yellow,” Formation,” and “Uptown Funk,” to the delight of the huge crowd.
Due to the vast amount of colors displayed during the halftime show, people on social media claimed that it was propaganda to promote gay rights to the world.
“All the Halftime performance did was try to promote homosexuality,” one Twitter user said.
All the Halftime performance did was try to promote homosexuality.
— #JetIsBad (@Jetisbad) February 8, 2016
Another social media post said that the halftime show was a “homo pride celebration”, and it’s one of the reasons that the country has gone down.
Basically a homo pride celebration during halftime….. And that’s one reason our country has gone down
— CamVP(15-1)(2-0) (@Alpha_Dog_LM24) February 8, 2016
Haters Call Super Bowl Half-Time Show “Homo Pride Celebration” Due To Too Many “Rainbows” https://t.co/ATsjmbOYLC
— The Randy Report (@randyslovacek) February 8, 2016
“I believe the message of that halftime show was ‘quickly, become a homosexual’,” another tweet stated.
I believe the message of that halftime show was “quickly, become a homosexual”
— Real Trent Flubbs (@RealTrentFlubbs) February 8, 2016
the Super Bowl supported racial diversity & gay pride, two important things that should be talked about and somehow people are still upset
— shay (@shaearabella) February 8, 2016
Even reporters and hosts of the national sporting event also shared their thoughts about the alleged pro-gay halftime show.
“Finally, the whole stadium held up a rainbow of cards, some spelling out the words ‘Believe in Love’, perhaps also a sweet affirmation of same-sex marriage,” Alex Needham of The Guardian said on air.
Mic‘s Tom Barnes shared the same sentiment, although he had other thoughts about the entire performance. He said that the 12-minute show was a “tribute to LGBT love,” and that Beyoncé’s number hinted a subtle message about the “Black Lives Matter” advocacy because her dancers were dressed like “Black Panthers.”
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) February 9, 2016
Barnes backed up his claim when he said that he saw a man waving a gay pride flag all over the head of Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin, seemingly confirming his thoughts on the show.
Pro-LGBT rights users also used Twitter to express their gratitude and excitement about the halftime show.
“This halftime show had LGBT pride written all over it I’m so happy,” said on Twitter user.
this halftime show had lgbt pride written all over it I’m so happy
— bad aunt j (@tylersscarfsays) February 8, 2016
Another posted that the show was promoting racial equality and LGBT.
However, in spite of the rainbow-colored Levi’s Stadium, the call to “Believe in Love,” and the alleged gay rights flag, the theme of the entire halftime show was not intended for gay rights advocacy.
According to several reports, the Super Bowl halftime show’s theme was derived from the cover of Coldplay’s newest album, A Head Full of Dreams. The cover of the new album is decorated with rainbow colors and kaleidoscope-style cover art, whose hues and lightings are similar to those that were used for the show.
— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 6, 2016
In addition, the music video of Coldplay’s new song, “Hymn for a Weekend” was shot during India’s Holi, which is a festival of colors. Naturally, different colors grouped together in such a festival would result in a rainbow effect.
As for Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheists, it is ironic that people who cry foul regarding the alleged pro-gay show are watching men slap each other’s butts and jump on top of each other.
Meanwhile, Joe Morgan of Gay Star News said that if NFL wanted to promote homosexuality, then they should have allowed openly gay football players to be drafted.
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