“Imagine all the people, living for today.”
Those are famous lyrics from John Lennon’s hit song “Imagine”—and thanks to Gal Gadot, you can now see a bunch of celebrities singing it online in hopes of bringing people together during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Day six in self-quarantine, and I gotta say these past few days got me feeling philosophical,” Gadot says in the beginning of the video posted to her Instagram. “You know, this virus has affected the entire world, everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, we’re all in this together.” She then mentions a video she saw of an Italian man playing “Imagine” on his trumpet from his balcony to all the other people inside their homes, and how there was something “so powerful and pure” about it.
And that inspiration brought us this new video, featuring stars like Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Zoe Kravitz, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, James Marsden, Will Ferrell, Cara Delevingne, Norah Jones, Kristen Wiig, Lynda Carter (the OG Wonder Woman), Jamie Dornan, Ashley Benson, Gal Gadot, and more singing “Imagine.”
Obviously, the celebrities’ hearts are in the right place as they try to keep “entertaining” while all of our individual worlds get a little smaller by the day. But the response on social media was mixed, to say the least. “You are such a blessing to the world❤️,” one fan commented on Gadot’s post. “This is powerful❤️,” another wrote.
Many called on the rich and famous to use their money to donate to causes in need at the moment. “I’m somehow not terribly inspired by rich people singing ‘Imagine no possessions’ from their million-dollar mansions,” one person tweeted.
Others just found the video incredibly awkward to view. “Please watch this and then tell me how far you got before turning it off (for me it was sia, although i’m not even sure it was sia),” writer Tyler Coates tweeted.
However you feel about the “Imagine” video, I think we all know that the internet is only going to get weirder as social distancing and isolation continue. And that’s going to be fun, right? Right?!