As many are self-quarantining at the moment, Gal Gadot put together a celeb-filled cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in an effort to lift the spirits of coronavirus isolationists stuck at home.
But the Wonder Woman star’s attempt has definitely backfired, judging by the reactions her video garnered from fans.
“Hey guys. Day six in self-quarantine. And I’ve got to say that these past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical,” the 34-year-old actress says at the beginning of her video, which she posted to her Instagram account.
“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.”
Gadot explains that she is inspired by a viral video of an Italian man playing the trumpet on his balcony during Italy’s weeks-long lockdown. Then, her supposedly “powerful and pure” video goes into a montage of Hollywood elites singing the lyrics to Lennon’s “Imagine,” a song about envisioning the world without strife.
The 3-minute video features all kinds of Gadot’s celebrity friends. Of course, like the rest of us, they find themselves isolated at home amid the pandemic. Stars like Kristen Wiig, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Pedro Pascal, and even Will Ferrell got in on the action.
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We are in this together, we will get through it together. Let’s imagine together. Sing with us ❤ All love to you, from me and my dear friends. #WeAreOne ……. #KristenWiig #JamieDornan @labrinth @james_marsden @sarahkatesilverman @eddiebenjamin @jimmyfallon @natalieportman @zoeisabellakravitz @siamusic @reallyndacarter @amyadams @leslieodomjr @pascalispunk @chrisodowd @hotpatooties #WillFerrell @markruffalo @norahjones @ashleybenson @kaiagerber @caradelevingne @anniemumolo @princesstagramslam
However, what was supposed to be an uplifting musical morale boost has sparked outrage instead. Social media users were quick to point out that the video is out of touch. They think it’s cringe-worthy in a time of national crisis. Non-celebs are struggling to work from home, while many more have found themselves unemployed.
“Everyone in this video can afford to sit this crises out while the rest of us are in danger of losing our homes, jobs, access to healthcare, etc,” one user wrote. “But hey, at least they got together to sing this tune to ‘comfort’ us. What a contribution! I feel better already.”
One person called the video “a solid slap in the face.”
“Honey, look at all the rich people singing Imagine. Everything will be alright now, even though we both lost our jobs,” another user mocked. “This was so much better than money and not cringy at all.”
Gadot’s “philosophical” celeb rendition of “Imagine” clearly doesn’t hold a candle to the Italian video she was inspired by.