PLENTY OF AMERICAN traditions surround Super Bowl Sunday: good food, overproduced commercials, the Puppy Bowl, and having octopi (and other animals) predict the game’s outcome are just a few. But in recent years one tradition has consistently threatened to ruin everyone’s fun, that being right-wingers spending more time fuming about their pet political and cultural grievances than actually enjoying the game.
Sunday night’s championship saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers to defend their title and win their fourth franchise title in a first-half snoozer-turned-overtime-nail-biter that had fans on the edge of their seats until its final seconds. The game was already primed to be rage bait for conservative commentators, who had spent the run-up to the game griping about Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s relationship with Taylor Swift, while ginning up unhinged conspiracy theories about the deep state rigging the game.
And rage bait the broadcast was. Here’s a rundown of everything that irked conservatives Sunday night.
Taylor Swift chugging a beer
Like most people at the game, Taylor Swift seemed to be having a great time. At one point, the music star, fresh off a four-show stint in Japan, was shown on the jumbotron chugging a beer — a thing no one has ever done at a football game.
“Taylor Swift enjoying herself at the Super Bowl pounding beers with Satanists,” right-wing Rumble host Drew Hernandez wrote on X.
“Gross. We don’t need to be glorifying public intoxication,” pro-Trump activist Laura Loomer wrote on X. “Imagine being a parent and saying this woman is a role model for your daughter… Do people want their daughters to be drunks with high body counts? I prefer my icons to be like Donald Trump
Ice Spice making “Satanic” symbols
If Taylor Swift downing her drink wasn’t enough to make you clutch your pearls, would you believe that rapper Ice Spice was secretly signaling her support for Satanism while she did it?
Right-wingers went into a frenzy when they realized the same clip of Swift showed Ice Spice making “devil horns” signs with her hands. A symbol so occult and sinister there’s even an emoji for it: 🤘
“Here’s something you don’t usually see at the Super Bowl: Demon summoning,” former Fox News producer Kyle Becker wrote on X.