Celebrities are all apparently at a loss as to what to do right now. While some of them are posting cringe-worthy videos on social media, others are trying to find a way to help from home. Lady Gaga is using her star power to curate an hour-long TV benefit special.
Sir Elton John arranged an hour-long benefit concert for medical workers that featured a wide variety of musical acts performing from home. Now Lady Gaga is spearheading an even bigger benefit. In partnership with the non-profit Global Citizen, “One World Together at Home” promises to be one of the biggest benefit specials ever.
The special will air simultaneously on ABC, CBS and NBC on Saturday, April 18. Hosted by late-night comedians Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, the special will feature musicians, comedians and other entertainers.
Here’s a list of the confirmed guests:
That’s a massive and eclectic list of celebrity guests. They’ll all be performing or speaking from home, so expect the benefit to be more TikTok and less 80s cheese-fest “We Are the World.”
What’s really interesting is that Gaga doesn’t want your money. While chatting with Jimmy Fallon, she told fans, “Put your wallets away … and sit back and enjoy the show you all deserve.” She and the other organizers have secured over $35 million in donations from corporations like Apple, which pledged $10 million.
Not every celeb is thinking altruistically. Tori Spelling was trying to charge her fans $95 each for a “virtual meet and greet” today on Zoom. She ended up cancelling the 20-person Zoom call, which is probably for the best. You’d need extra-strength cloud antivirus protection to join a public video chat, given all the security problems with Zoom.
Lady Gaga, Elton John, and many others are thinking about how to use their celebrity to help people. That makes certain celebrities who are trying to use this time to raise their profile or line their pockets look even more shameless.
One World Together at Home will benefit the World Health Organization and “healthcare workers on the frontlines.” Will you be tuning in to watch the show?