With people hunkering down due to the WuFlu, those self-centered celebrities have to grab the spotlight somehow…
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot posted a video on “Day 6 of self-isolation” to Instagram. After saying that the events over the last few days left her feeling “philosophical” she launched into an a capella version of John Lennon’s Imagine — but she was “not the only one” it was a compilation of fellow celebrities each singing a line of the song. Some had musical talent others… did not.
The Hollywood Reporter listed the celebrities that were in the video which is quite handy since the majority of them were unrecognizable without flattering lighting, their stylist-selected clothes, and their hair and makeup professionally done.
“There was something so powerful about this video,” Gadot says and proceeds to sing the opening lines of Lennon’s 1971 song before relying on a little help from her starry friends to finish the tune. A succession of stars including Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, James Marsden, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig and Amy Adams, then sing the following verses. The video ends with Gadot singing the closing lines of the song.
Other stars to feature in the video include Sia, Pedro Pascal, Jamie Dornan, Zoe Kravitz, Chris O’Dowd, Leslie Odom Jr., Eddie Benjamin, Ashley Benson, Lynda Carter, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Norah Jones, Kaia Gerber, Cara Delevingne, Annie Mumolo, Labrinth and Maya Rudolph.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“Powerful” is a bit of a stretch.
Frankly, it’s not so much a “star-studded” viral video as much as it is a cringe compilation.
Gal Gadot leads a star-studded cast in song as they put their very own spin on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) March 19, 2020
Is… Is somebody going to tell them?
To all the celebs singing "Imagine," a quick note: if we had no countries, we'd all be dead today or in the very near future. Every major country has shut its borders.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 19, 2020
Tom Sykes of The Daily Beast slammed them for it calling it “an extraordinarily ill-thought-out piece of COVID -19 marketing” and that the publicists for these celebs “really should have known better.”
If you’re a wise celebrity, now is the time to tuck yourself inside your Hollywood Hills hideaway, lock the gates, and keep your privileged lifestyle and stash of in-beta retrovirals as quiet as you can until the 2021 Oscars season.
It’s most definitely not the moment to try and burnish your credentials as a compassionate humanitarian by singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” in a celebrity mash-up to lift global spirits.
Source: The Daily Beast
Sykes called it “a toe-curling Instagram video” and a “car-crash attempt at soulful connection to lift the mood of the masses.”
Whoa, Nelly, did he ever! He blasts each celebrity individually.
But… Sykes is “not the only one.”
The video was panned on Twitter as “literally and metaphorically tone-deaf” — and that was one of the nicer comments.
That video is somehow equally literally and metaphorically tone-deaf
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 19, 2020
When Gal Gadot leads a celebrity sing-along of “Imagine” pic.twitter.com/CO10sMll4y
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 19, 2020
just saw the gal gadot imagine video thing and i think it maybe ruined music for me
— UMO (@UMO) March 19, 2020
Gal Gadot is impossibly beautiful and was in the Fast and Furious franchise, so I can forgive a lot of stuff from her.
But she doesn't make it easy.
— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) March 19, 2020
Imagine a world where navel-gazing, liberal, millionaire celebrities didn’t turn a global pandemic into a narcissistic social media moment about themselves, to promote their product 😩 https://t.co/eNOn70mox1
— Martin Daubney (@MartinDaubney) March 19, 2020
"Imagine" if celebrities came together to donate money/resources to people actually need it
I wonder if they can 🙂
— Caroline Darya Framke (@carolineframke) March 19, 2020
Gal Gadot and her band of celebrities right before filming their "Imagine" cover videos pic.twitter.com/ukeS5QWa02
— Jon (@prasejeebus) March 19, 2020
Then again, who better to sing this vacuous garbage.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 19, 2020
I’ve always hated “Imagine”
This version makes me crave a bat milkshake with snake skin sprinkles. 🔫 https://t.co/EGtoBA17uS
— Laurence Fox 🥦🦠 (@LozzaFox) March 19, 2020
Too true, too true.
But the most brutal comment was perhaps the one saying that it was the “same energy as Cats.”
I was discussing the Gal Gadot “Imagine” video with my daughter, and she said “It has the same energy as Cats.”
— (((Josh Malina))) (@JoshMalina) March 19, 2020
But hey, at least there’s an up-side — the celebrities achieved their goal of unifying a divided country.
No politician can unify people in the way that the “Imagine” video seems to have united every single person against it.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) March 19, 2020
Congrats, celebs. Congrats.