Reactions to Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot’s star-studded rendition of Imagine has gone sour as fans have asked if that was really the contribution someone in Gadot’s position should want to have on the world
Gadot organized and uploaded a video of stars, including Jamie Dornan, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman, Zoe Kravitz, Will Ferrell, Mark Ruffalo, Norah Jones, Kaia Gerber, and many more, singing John Lennon’s Imagine as Americans began to adjust to social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus, outbreak.
While many celebrities have gone above and beyond to donate to the relief effort for COVID-19, Gadot’s song seemed to strike a dissident tone in the ears of many. And of course, some of those were not shy about sharing their opinions on various social platforms.
“Hey celebs, we don’t want to be sung to,” said one Twitter user. “We want you to use a million or two of your money and order ventilators, masks, and gloves from the manufacturers then donate them to a hospital. Or pay for the salaries of an entire staff at a bar, restaurant, or daycare.”
Hey celebs, we don't want to be sung to. We want you to use a million or two of your money and order ventilators, masks, and gloves from the manufacturers then donate them to a hospital. Or pay for the salaries of an entire staff at a bar, restaurant, or daycare. #imagine
— Casey Cipriani (@CaseyCip) March 19, 2020
Some think that the celebrities had their hearts in the right place when they recorded it, but possibly decades away from the problems facing every day Americans could have clouded their judgement. One such fan said as much via a post on Reddit.
“Gal Gadot and all the others in the video may have their heart in the right place, but they are terribly out of touch and have no idea what normal people are going thru right now,” someone said on Reddit.
Podcaster Joe Rogan chimed in as well, addressing Gadot’s video in one of his recent podcasts where he called the video a “dumb move” and those in it “self-indulgent” and “self-righteous.”
“This is not the time, when everyone’s granny is dying, you fucking idiot, to sing, ‘Imagine there’s no heaven.’ It’s such a dumb move…” Rogan said. “There are some people who get real self-indulgent and real self-righteous with that social media. It’s exposed a lot of celebrities for being real dorks.”
In an interesting turn of events, comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, known professionally as “Larry the Cable Guy” was ahead of the curve and called out Gadot first, calling the video a hypocritical call for peace from some of his more affluent fellow Americans.
“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