Lady Gaga sang a stunning rendition of the National Anthem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, replete with what many took for Hunger Games symbolism.
And no one was kneeling.
High fashion met politics as Lady Gaga was escorted to the microphone wearing a gown with a tight dark blue bodice and a voluminous, flowing red skirt. But what caught everyone’s attention was the huge golden broach affixed to the singer. It immediately drew references to the Mockingjay in The Hunger Games, but Gaga says it is in fact a dove with an olive branch symbolizing peace.
That didn’t stop the comparisons to Katniss Everdeen’s Mockingjay pin. The Wrap started their piece on the event with, “Welcome to Panem?” And social media was on fire with hilarious comparisons and memes.
On Twitter, Lady Gaga said the bird was added for a touching bit of symbolism for this momentous occasion. “A dove carrying an olive branch. May we all make peace with each other,” she wrote.
“Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor. I will sing during a ceremony, a transition, a moment of change—between POTUS 45 and 46. For me, this has great meaning,” Gaga wrote on Twitter. It evidently had great meaning for those on Twitter as well.
“My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly. I will sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land. Respectfully and kindly, Lady Gaga,” she added.
But Twitter was running with the Hunger Games angle that fits the mood of Americans.
“Let the Hunger Games… BEGIN!” pic.twitter.com/o1Pfw33Qyb
— Calli Norton (@CalliNorton) January 20, 2021
“Tell me this isn’t the Hunger Games first Reaping. Lady Gaga is wearing a tutu, gold accessories, and large gold Mockingjay brooch,” said one Twitter commenter, comparing Gaga to both Katniss and Elizabeth Banks’ character, Effie Trinket. “Lady Gaga now being escorted to the podium to draw names for this year’s Hunger Games,” said another on Twitter.
But the prize for the longest reach goes to one commenter who explained the getup and connected it to the Capitol riot: “I’ve got it. Lady Gaga is wearing the Mockingjay pin to symbolize the commencement of our own Hunger Games. In the books, the Games are a punishment for the districts after they attacked the Capitol. And what happened two weeks ago in America? An attack on the Capitol,” the astute fan wrote. On second thought, they may have a point.
I’ve been making Hunger Games references all week and then this happened pic.twitter.com/Qa2TQzX1O8
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) January 20, 2021
The pin was part of an outfit designed by Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry, an American living in Paris.
“This ensemble is a love letter to the country I miss so dearly and to a performer whose artistry I have so long admired,” he said in a statement.
“Maison Schiaparelli is honored to have this chance to dress the iconic Lady Gaga on this historic Inauguration Day.”
The odds are not in your favor pic.twitter.com/yYIANpGNVs
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) January 20, 2021
The whole affair seemed more like a Lady Gaga concert than a Biden inauguration.
Jennifer Lopez also sang, “This Land Is Your Land” in an all-white Chanel outfit that honored the suffragette movement. Demi Lovato, John Legend, Garth Brooks, and more also performed.
Suddenly, it looks like “patriotism” is back in style. May the odds be ever in your favor, but probably not.
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