Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, known professionally as “Larry the Cable Guy” called out some of his fellow celebrities after they offered what he considered to be a hypocritical call for peace from fellow Americans.
Whitney was referencing a video created by actress Gal Gadot which was a montage of some of Hollywood’s most famous faces singing John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
The group, which included Kristen Wiig, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, and Natalie Portman and Will Ferrell seemed to be trying to improve moral of those staying home in favor of social distancing in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Whitney’s response to the video highlighted the stark juxtaposition of the affluent lifestyle of the singers and the minimalistic attitude being encouraged in the song:
“Here’s a message from people with a lot of possessions that can take a year off of work and not flinch telling everyone outa work to imagine a world with no possessions while people are living in the street a half mile away from ‘em.” Whitney wrote on Twitter, coming down hard on the project’s participants. “They’re clueless.”
Here’s a message from people with a lot of possessions that can take a year off of work and not flinch telling everyone outa work to imagine a world with no possessions while people are living in the street a half mile away from ‘em. RT @MattWalshBlog:
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) March 19, 2020
“There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realize that. The Socialism I speak about … [is] not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it. That might suit them. Us, we should have a nice … British Socialism,” Lennon said.
Gadot opened the video by saying: “Hey guys. Day six in self-quarantine. And I’ve got to say that these past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical. You know, this virus has affected the entire world, everyone – doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, we are all in this together.”
While the video was fawned on by many of those who viewed it cumulatively more than 16 million times, many sided with Whitney and his disdain for the group’s sentiment.
“I don’t know how millionaires singing about ‘no possessions’ from their mansions is supposed to ease my anxiety,” one user wrote according to the Daily Wire.
“Just seen the celeb Imagine video and now coronavirus no longer scares me,” joked another viewer.
“The video of celebrities singing Imagine to us from their comfortable homes is exactly what Jenna Maroney would’ve done if there was a pandemic in 30 Rock,” wrote yet another, seeming to reference to the character played by Jane Krakowski.
And it went on. “I’ve always hated this song,” said another Twitter critic. “’Imagine no possessions’ sung by some of the wealthiest people in the world.”