In a successful attempt to cover this past weekend’s Super Bowl Sunday events, NPR combines spoken interview, conversational debate, and visuals to highlight the many ways that Super Bowl 51 was, in fact, pretty political.
While many articles and tweets have been put out declaring how refreshing it is to watch the Super Bowl without any political statements or jokes being made, NPR makes it their duty to point out that there were, in fact, many hidden political statements in Sunday night’s televised event.
NPR uses video content, like the starts of Hamilton singing “American the Beautiful”, and an It’s a 10 commercial, in addition to screen grabs of the millions of tweets on twitter regarding the Super Bowl and it’s hidden political statement.
In addition to providing this visual content, NPR has attached a 4 minute audio clip of an NPR host discussing the social media hype and controversy over Super Bowl 51 with Amy Trask, former CEO of Oakland Raiders. Trask declares how she believe that making political statements during the Super Bowl is “an individual decision”.
In this clip, NPR uses sound bites from both President Donald Trump endorsing Tom Brady, and half-time performer Lady Gaga discussing her views on the current state of the Country.
Many Twitter users even compared the outcome of the game to the 2016 Election — pointing out the statistical similarities, in addition to jokes regarding the popular vote.
NPR attributes many of this political connection to Twitter users, and draws many similarities to Twitter and the 2016 Election.
As pointed out by NPR, not even the Super Bowl could escape our current political climate.