The group wanted to lift spirits in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the country attempts to adjust to self-quarantining, celebrities are attempting to do their part. After the NBA suspended its season, players and owners have pledged donations to pay arena workers and feed schoolchildren.
Some tried to help with less conventional methods. On Thursday morning, Gal Gadot, Will Ferrell and more posted their rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” dedicated to those dealing with the pandemic. Unfortunately, Twitter users weren’t as thrilled as you could imagine.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 19, 2020
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Many users called the video tone-deaf, explaining that they could’ve easily just donated masks, gloves, and supplies. “Hey celebs,” Bustle film writer Casey Cipriani tweeted, “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.”
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
No politician can unify people in the way that the “Imagine” video seems to have united every single person against it.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) March 19, 2020
Dozens have noted the relative inactivity of American institutions in the wake of the pandemic. After New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson pledged to cover arena workers’ salaries, many questioned why a 19-year-old rookie was the first to make such a pledge.
Gal Gadot and her band of celebrities right before filming their “Imagine” cover videos pic.twitter.com/ukeS5QWa02
— Jon (@prasejeebus) March 19, 2020
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the latest coronavirus aid package into law. The legislation provides paid sick and family leave for United States workers impacted by the illness.