Amanda Gorman's heartfelt poem touched so many people last night during the Super Bowl.
But sadly, it seems that a certain aspect of the evening strongly contradicted her words and people have been blasting the irony of it all. Read on for the full story...
Last night, Amanda Gorman made history as the first-ever poet to perform at the Super Bowl...
And millions tuned in from all around the world to watch the famed poet perform her highly-anticipated work.
Of course, Gorman was met with floods of praise and admiration...
Just like she was over her performance at President Biden's inauguration ceremony.
But sadly, Gorman has been slammed over the "irony" of her poem last night...
And people aren't overly impressed!
Read on to see why the poet is facing the heat...
Now, we've come a long way since January 15, 1967.
via: GettyThe first-ever Super Bowl game kicked off in '67, though it was originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game," which isn't quite as catchy, is it?
The game was originally created as part of the merger agreement between the NFL and its rival, the American Football League (AFL).
via: ShutterstockOriginally, the game took place in early to mid-January, but now it takes place on the first Sunday in February due to the current NFL schedule.
The game continually dominates viewing figures every year...
And it frequently tops the ranks as the most-watched broadcast in the U.S - firmly cementing itself as America's most-watched game.
So much so...
via: GettyThat the 2015 game still holds the title as the most-watched US telecast of all time, with a staggering viewership of 114.4 million, according to CNN.
And its record-breaking impact stretches across the Atlantic too.
via: GettyThe Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, coming in second to the UEFA Champions League final.
Although, there's no doubt that the Super Bowl has become about much more than just the football.
Of course, it's a long-anticipated day for football fanatics but the annual event rakes in views from those who don't even care for the sport.
Let's start off with the star-studded half time show.
via: GettyWhat traditionally began as a college marching band has transformed into one of the biggest and sought after gigs in the world - with many of our favorite a-listers crossing their fingers that they'll land the job.
Popular artists began taking to the stage during the game's third decade...
via: GettyWith the likes of New Kids on the Block, Gloria Estefan, and Michael Jackson performing at the event - it soon became a tradition for high-profile acts to headline.
Fast forward to now and so many more big names have taken to the stage...
Including the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and Prince.
And this year, The Weeknd took to the famous stage...
And his performance certainly didn't fail to impress.
And as for the main event?
Well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers immediately gave the Kansas City Chiefs something to fight for with their major defense tactics and, of course, the help from quarterback Tom Brady, who was at the forefront of everything that went well for the Buccaneers.
And after the long and grueling battle, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to secure the victory with a 31-9 win.
Resulting in them now having 2 Super Bowl wins under their belt - Their first-ever win was all the way back in 2003 when they managed to defeat the Oakland Raiders, 48-21.
It was an impressive game...
But viewers have been left even more impressed by Amanda Gorman, who made history last night by being the first-ever poet to give a recital at the Super Bowl.
Gorman's poem paid a tribute to the numerous heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Today, we honor our 3 captains for their actions and impact in a time of uncertainty and need," she started by saying.
"They've taken the lead exceeding all expectations and limitations, uplifting their communities and neighbors as leaders, healers, and educators."
Gorman then told the stories 3 Americans who have been selected as the game's honorary captains.
Suzie Dorner, a Tampa Bay ICU nurse; Trimaine Davis, a Los Angeles teacher who helped his students secure internet for remote learning; and James Martin, a Marine veteran who led a Wounded Warrior Project to use technology to decrease social isolation.
Gorman's poem was dedicated to them.
"So while we honor them," she said of frontline workers, "It is they, every day, who honor us."
Gorman's powerful words were truly touching...
Amanda Gorman is RIVETING! She is powerful. She is inspirational. She is uplifting.— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) February 7, 2021
I. AM. IN. AWE.
And so many people have been left in awe by the young woman's stunning tribute to those who have been fighting for us during the pandemic.
Many have slammed the young poet for the irony in her words... and these individuals aren't at all impressed, especially with the NFL.
Love Amanda Gorman’s words but the audacity of @NFL to highlight her words in part honoring a nurse who lost grandma to Covid while PACKING A FUCKING STADIUM is rich AF— Tua's Dad (@Tuasdad) February 7, 2021
My super bowl festivities will be watching Amanda Gorman’s appearance during the opening ceremony. I’m in Tampa and disgusted they closed our stadium Covid testing facility for this game.— cladge1 (@cladge1) February 6, 2021
Me too! Mixed feelings about the Super Bowl for sure re racism (KC team name) and COVID spread, but @TheAmandaGorman is so phenomenal.— Danielle Bischof (@DBischof1) February 8, 2021
Goes great with a packed crowd which violates everything we've been told to do to beat this pandemic— 𝑼𝒏𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒏 (@CaptainQuint) February 7, 2021
The poem is outstanding. If only the stands in Florida weren't packed, which sends the opposite message of @TheAmandaGorman's moving poem.— Barbara Bernoff Cavanaugh (@BarbaraCavana11) February 7, 2021
Then, to honor her COVID poem, Tampa said hold my beer and jumped into a large COVID-19 super spreader event.— fishtacos (@fishtacos411) February 8, 2021
Anyone else find it ironic that Amanda Gorman gave that tribute to frontline workers fighting covid in front of a viewing audience of tens of thousands who traveled to see the game and are spreading covid and further impacting those same frontline workers?— Layla Maryam Razavi (@LaylaMRazavi) February 8, 2021
Brady strutting with no mask while Amanda Gorman's poetry honors an ICU Nurse who lost 2 grandmothers and shows up to fight Covid every damn day. Disgusting.— Mary Anne Kluger (@maryannekluger) February 8, 2021
Tampa does not appear too worried about COVID. What am I missing ?— Jeffery Warzel (@jawwarzel) February 7, 2021
25,000 people, along with 30,000 cardboard cut outs, packed out Florida's Raymond James Stadium...
got covid from watching those crowd shots. #SuperBowl— Nate Bennett (@itsnatebennett) February 7, 2021
With the majority not wearing face masks or socially distancing.
This very sadly contradicts Gorman's words about our heroes who have been working so hard on the frontline of the pandemic.
I really love all the people defending it. I get that there 30k cardboard cutouts and all the precautions. I just have a hard time wrapping my head around 25k people attending a sporting event when people haven’t seen their family members in a year. And 400k+ people have died.— Sarah Marie (@lasarahgee) February 8, 2021
How were so many people allowed to be in such a small space together?!
Well, let's hope that nobody was put in any danger from the large crowds last night!
And for more on the Super Bowl, read on...