Joe Rogan ripped “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot for orchestrating a video montage of celebrities singing in an attempt to rally the world against the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Wednesday’s episode of his podcast, Rogan said Gadot was tone deaf when she shared the viral video on Instagram earlier this month. He said her first mistake was choosing an atheistic anthem at a time when people are coping with death and despair.
“Did you see that “Imagine” song that all those knuckleheads got together and sang, ‘Imagine there’s no heaven’?” Rogan asked, citing a verse from John Lennon’s hit 1971 song. “This is not the time, when everyone’s grammy’s dying, you fucking idiot, to sing “Imagine theres no heaven.”
Rogan, who hosts the popular podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” also faulted Gadot for what he described as an attempt to be sexy amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the spreading coronavirus.
“She’s so happy, Gal Gadot, whatever the fuck her name is, Wonder Woman,” she said. “She’s got this beautiful smile on her face, and so happy to sing that, just like she’s seducing you.”
Rogan’s guest, fellow stand-up comedian Tom Segura, agreed, saying the celebrities all looked out of touch.
“There’s this sense that they feel like they did something significant,” Segura said. “I lost my job at the meatpacking plant, but Gal Gadot sang ‘Imagine.'”
Even leaving the timing aside, Rogan said, “It’s a terrible version of the song.”
“You guys suck at singing,” he informed Gadot and crew. “Why are you even singing publicly?”
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Gadot, an Israeli actress whose break out role was in the blockbuster DC Films franchise, posted the video on March 19, saying she was trying to promote international solidarity.
“We are all in this together, we will get through this together,” she said. “Let’s imagine together. Sing with us All love to you, from me and my dear friends.”
According to Gadot, she was inspired by a video of a man in Italy playing the trumpet from his balcony for the benefit of his neighbors during a coronavirus lockdown.
“He was playing ‘Imagine’ and there was something so powerful and pure about this video. And it goes like this,” she said, before singing the first line of the song.
The video then cut to the other celebrities singing a line each. Among those who contributed selfie performances were Will Ferrell, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Fallon, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Adams, Mark Ruffalo, James Marsden, Sarah Silverman and Maya Rudolph.
Gadot’s version of the song quickly went viral, wracking up nearly 8 million views on Instagram and millions more on Twitter and elsewhere.
Many social media users cheered the effort as a much needed emotional boost in trying times. But others, including a number of conservative commentators, were less impressed.
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh described the “cringe” level as galaxy-destroying.
I cringed so hard that I collapsed into myself and turned into a black hole that is now consuming the galaxy
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 19, 2020
Globally, nearly 700,000 people have been infected and more than 32,000 have died, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracking website. The U.S. death toll has reached 2,119, with nearly 125,000 people having tested positive for the disease, the most of any country.