In a Super Bowl that left something to be desired, something stood out that was beyond the game of football: the halftime show. And it may not be the reason you may think.
Yes, the halftime show was bleeding the colors of the rainbow. And of course, Beyoncé broke Twitter just like she did in Super Bowl XXVII in New Orleans. And Bruno Mars delivered another strong performance in his second Super Bowl halftime appearance in three years. Even if Chris Martin and Coldplay stood out like a sore thumb, it may not have been the right platform for their music. You cannot deny that Coldplay is one of the most talented bands in the world.
However, as odd as it was for Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Chris Martin to share a stage together, what they did was simply magical.
For 50 years, the Super Bowl has united people. For four hours on the first Sunday in February, people from all walks of life with different backgrounds and beliefs could unite and celebrate one event together.
Coldplay was the headlining act, and Martin had talked about how he wanted to connect the past, the present, and the future. At first, I had no idea what it meant and I was intrigued. I was curious as to how he was going to headline the act and have Beyoncé as a "special guest."
She definitely made her presence felt, but she didn't steal the show. The overall message of past, present, and future stole the show. The ending made this year's halftime show one of the greatest ever. Believe In Love. And that is what celebrating the past, the present, and the future means to me.
The past, the present, and the future has, is, and always will be about love and appreciation for the people around you. It isn't about who wins the game, who loses the game, what color your skin is, or what gender you love. It's about love and respect and appreciation of the differences we share as people. It was that moment when it all made sense why Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay, the oddest combination of artists one could put together for a Super Bowl halftime show, were together. The message showed that no matter how different people are, people can accept each other for who they are and embrace each other for their differences.
The rainbow colors were a sign that love is a wonderful thing. Love is bright, vibrant, incredible, and beautiful, and that is why I feel the LGBT symbol is a rainbow, is because that is what we want to preach and promote: love is powerful and beautiful, and it is all something everyone deserves to fight for and believe in.
The halftime show this year transcended football and was about more than just a concert in the middle of a football game. It promoted one of the most powerful messages the world has to offer, what the LGBT Rights Movement is all about, and we have Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay to thank for that.