- Gal Gadot posted a montage of her and 21 other celebrities singing John Lennon's "Imagine" as they self-quarantined amid the coronavirus crisis.
- The video, while meant to be uplifting, has sparked backlash from critics who believe wealthy celebrities should be doing more to help victims of the outbreak.
- "Genuinely hate it when celebrities pull s— like this instead of donating to resources that can actually help people out," one person wrote on Twitter.
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Gal Gadot's montage of celebrity pals singing John Lennon's "Imagine," meant to spread positivity amid the coronavirus crisis, has apparently inspired more backlash than feelings of solidarity.
Gadot's video stitches together clips from 21 stars — including A-listers like Jimmy Fallon, Pedro Pascal, Mark Ruffalo, Will Ferrell, Natalie Portman, Zoë Kravitz, and Amy Adams — singing lines from Lennon's famous call for unity and equality.
In her post on Instagram, the "Wonder Woman" actor said that her time in self-quarantine has made her feel "a bit philosophical."
"You know, this virus has affected the entire world. Everyone. Doesn't matter who you are, where you're from — we're all in this together," she explained, calling the song "powerful and pure."
While meant to be uplifting, however, the video has sparked backlash from critics who believe wealthy people should be doing more to help victims of the outbreak, which has so far killed more than 9,000 people worldwide. Over 200,000 have been infected, and many have lost (or will lose) jobs or income.
People have called for the celebrities involved in Gadot's video to instead "open your wallets" or "donate to resources that can actually help people out."
"There are celebrities who are actually donating money to help the less fortunate during the corona outbreak and then there are these types," one person wrote.
One tweet mocking the video has racked up over 13,000 likes.
GQ writer Sophia Benoit even calculated the combined net worth of the celebrities involved, as reported by online resources, in order to underscore the tangible difference that could be made with that wealth.
"imagine — IMAGINE — having $17 million dollars and thinking that making a video clip of you singing one line of a song would help anyone," Benoit wrote on Twitter.
"I just did the math," she continued. "Everyone in that music video combined has a net worth of $527 million. Of course net worth estimates are usually terrible so let's divide by 2 to be INCREDIBLY conservative. That's $263.5 million dollars and they made a video. Lmao."
Other prominent writers — like Variety's Caroline Darya Framke, the New York Times' Astead Herndon, and Slate's Ashley Feinberg — also mocked the video on Twitter.
"Desus & Mero" writer and producer Josh Gondelman joked, "No politician can unify people in the way that the 'Imagine' video seems to have united every single person against it."
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