Video Of Stars Singing ‘Imagine’ Gets SLAMMED On Social Media As ‘Literally And Metaphorically Tone-Deaf’

Written by K. Walker on March 20, 2020

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.

Is… Is somebody going to tell them?

Thanks, Ben.

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.

Too true, too true.

But the most brutal comment was perhaps the one saying that it was the “same energy as Cats.”

But hey, at least there’s an up-side — the celebrities achieved their goal of unifying a divided country.

Congrats, celebs. Congrats.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker