Former Vice-President Mike Pence handed off a Golden Microphone to Pop star Lady Gaga during the Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden.
The moment became a viral sensation online and a somewhat controversial one to boot.
As Bustle reports:
Lady Gaga’s performance at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden was memorable for a million reasons, but one quiet moment really caught social media’s attention. Shortly before she sang the national anthem, the singer was handed a golden microphone and her brief interaction with Mike Pence sparked an influx of jokes and memes about the awkward pairing.
The singer, who wore a custom red and blue Schiaparelli gown with a gold dove brooch, earned rave reviews for her passionate performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as well as for her seemingly cool reaction to the now-former vice president. Though it’s unclear what, if anything, the singer said to Pence before her performance — though she clearly spoke to Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the Obamas — Gaga has frequently been a vocal critic of Pence and his policies.
Lady Gaga avoiding eye contact with Mike Pence LMAOO pic.twitter.com/9N6xSlORwp
— Gaga Struggle (@WildinMonsters) January 20, 2021
“To Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s acceptable to ban LGBTQ: you are wrong. You‘re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. You can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you'll find it right there.“ —Lady Gaga https://t.co/bU3HgqK41H
— ⚔️ GAGA DAILY ⚔️ (@gagadaily) January 20, 2021
Did Pence debase himself by handing a golden microphone to Gaga, or just for showing up at Biden’s inauguration at all? A place full of people who hate him? Let us know what you think in the comments below.