Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot’s attempt to raise spirits – as millions of people around the world are confined to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic –fell flat on Thursday. The actress posted a video compilation to Instagram of herself and twenty of her celebrity friends, including Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell, Sia, Norah Jones and Chris O’Dowd, singing lines from John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
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.”
Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan, Natalie Portman, Zoe Kravitz, Sia, Lynda Carter, Amy Adams, Mark Ruffalo, Ashley Benson and lot of famous singing “Imagine” on this critical times ❤️ pic.twitter.com/xCdoX8PMrC— pam 🧜🏼♀️ (@sidetolaufer) March 19, 2020
Though well-intentioned, Gadot’s video was slammed on social media for being “tone-deaf” and “out of touch.” Many social media users left comments asking why the celebrities weren’t instead making donations to people who have been abruptly laid off during the global health crisis.
Even media outlets deemed the video cringeworthy. Vulture’s Chris Murphy wrote, “It’s obviously a nice gesture, but watching a bunch of über-rich celebrities muddle through a song in no discernible key is not exactly the quarantuning content that we currently crave at this juncture.”
“IT’S OBVIOUSLY A NICE GESTURE, BUT WATCHING A BUNCH OF ÜBER-RICH CELEBRITIES MUDDLE THROUGH A SONG IN NO DISCERNIBLE KEY IS NOT EXACTLY THE QUARANTUNING CONTENT THAT WE CURRENTLY CRAVE AT THIS JUNCTURE.”
CCN’s Simon Chandler published an op-ed titled, “I’d Rather Catch Coronavirus Than Watch Gal Gadot’s Imagine Cover Again.”