Gal Gadot Defends Her Celebrity ‘Imagine’ Video
Gal Gadot responds to the backlash from the celebrity “Imagine” video.
Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, was inspired during the beginning of quarantine to show the country that we can get through tough times together. She posted a three-minute video on her Instagram page of a song collaboration that included multiple Hollywood stars. Each star sang a portion of the inspirational song, “Imagine” by John Lennon.
Gadot’s inspiration to organize the collaboration fumed from a viral video of an Italian man playing the trumpet to “Imagine” for all of his neighbors to hear. This small act of love prompted the actress to reach out to America and do the same with a bit of a twist. “He was playing ‘Imagine’ and there was something so powerful and pure about this video,” she said, according to People.
Jimmy Fallon, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, James Marsden, Sia, Natalie Portman, and more joined together to make this Instagram video possible.
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We are in this together, we will get through it together. Let’s imagine together. Sing with us ❤ All love to you, from me and my dear friends. #WeAreOne ……. #KristenWiig #JamieDornan @labrinth @james_marsden @sarahkatesilverman @eddiebenjamin @jimmyfallon @natalieportman @zoeisabellakravitz @siamusic @reallyndacarter @amyadams @leslieodomjr @pascalispunk @chrisodowd @hotpatooties #WillFerrell @markruffalo @norahjones @ashleybenson @kaiagerber @caradelevingne @anniemumolo @princesstagramslam
Although the video collected over 1,000,000 likes on Instagram, Gadot received a lot of criticism. Many viewers expressed how celebrities should not be singing about a better world, but instead donating to COVID-19 relief funds to help.
Legend has it that everyone is still cringing from watching gal gadot’s Imagine video, myself included
— – ☂︎ (@tinyspiderlegs) October 13, 2020
Fans expressed how insensitive the video was to those who were dying from the pandemic.
Remember when people were(they still are ) dying from covid and gal gadot and her celeb friends sang “imagine “ to us?
— I’m tired (@retro2go) October 11, 2020
Gadot has responded to the backlash over six months later, following the upload in March. “Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed,” the Wonder Woman star stated in the November issue of Vanity Fair. “I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world.”
The actress then added how she went about making the video a reality. “I started with a few friends, and then I spoke to Kristen [Wiig],” Gadot said. “Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood. Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game. But yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend.”
It is hard to see an act of love become misconstrued and hopefully, her explanation will help everyone understand Gadot’s true intentions and focus on getting through the rest of this year together.