While many regular people are serving free lunches to those in need, showing up for dangerous jobs, or airlifting emergency hospitals to serve the stricken of Italy, how are celebrities pitching in to help in in troubled times?
Well, of course, by putting out a video of themselves singing John Lennon’s nihilistic “Imagine.” The Hollywood Reporter reports:
To lighten the mood as the world struggled with the coronavirus pandemic, a host of stars took turns to sing John Lennon’s hopeful classic “Imagine” in a video posted to Gal Gadot’s Instagram on Wednesday.
Helping the Wonder Woman actress lighten the mood were Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, James Marsden, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig and Amy Adams, who also sang the John Lennon hit on the video, which opens with Gadot’s revelation that on “day six in self-quarantine” she found herself “feeling philosophical.”
“Imagine” seems to have become the coping anthem for the woke. But, people, have you noticed how very, very nihilistic the lyrics are? Also, it may be the most inappropriate song ever for the current crisis.
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or…
Living just for today? No countries? No religion? Nothing to kill or die for? Why resort to trendy nihilism at a time like this? And, by the way, if there is one thing the coronavirus has demonstrated, it is the need for countries with borders.
But there’s good news: Gadot and her goofies really did lighten the mood of the world. Just not in the way they had intended. The world, showing that we’re not beat yet, responded with guffaws. Bravo, spunky old world!
Pansexual comedian Joe Lycett corralled other U.K. comedians and stars to make a parody of Gadot’s “Imagine” video. It’s heavily bleeped, but from what I can tell, it is funny.
Twitter provided much diversion:
“I’ve always hated this song,” scoffed one Twitter critic. “ ’Imagine no possessions’ sung by some of the wealthiest people in the world.”
“Imagine all the people … Eating all the riiiich,” snarked another.
The New York Post continued:
Others wondered why the deep-pocketed diva couldn’t just send cash to help those suffering from the COVID-19 crisis, which has prompted nationwide business closures, and thousands of restaurant worker layoffs in New York City alone.
“BOO, donate if you really care abt the world rn,” wrote one Instagram financial-aid expert.
Another mocked: “Honey, look at all the rich people singing Imagine. Everything will be alright now, even though we both lost our jobs. This was so much better than money and not cringy at all.”
When I was first out of college, I toiled in the letters to the editor department in a major New York magazine. When people sent us their poetry, we had a standard reply: The editors thank you for brightening their day.
Gal Gadot, thank you for brightening my day.