There are no circumstances – none – in which it is appropriate to sing or play John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” The vapid Marxist dirge drenched in stale hippie sentimentality makes everyone who hears it measurably dumber, and probably slows their reflexes and dulls their taste buds.
It is a shame that celebrities living in Beverly Hills sing it for covid-quarantined hoi poi. It takes a spectacular lack of self-awareness to suggest that people who can’t go to the jobs that pay their bills “imagine no possessions” while your staff is preparing responsibly sourced organic cumquats.
But that’s what “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and a bunch of her celebrity pals – to include Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan and Natalie Portman, according to CNN – did in March 2020 as the world was shutting down and lots of people without blockbusters on their resumes were wondering how they’d survive. The ungrateful masses weren’t amused and the viral video landed with the sickening thud you’d expect.
But you can’t say Gadot’s not quick on the uptake. Two years later, she shared her story. InStyle the video was created with “all pure intentions,” but:
It was too early. It didn’t come at the right time and wasn’t what was needed. It was bad taste.
Premature? Apparently, there’s a right time for people with pool boys to tell out-of work busboys “We are in this together, we will get through it together.”
Hollywood’s betters, though, are anything but persistent. Stars such as Eva Longoria, Julianna Margulies, and the unfortunate surname-deprived Ciara have many ideas to offer in this covid crisis. They are not afraid to share their thoughts with international decision makers.
Incidentally, in the last couple of years, Yoko Ono was finally given credit for co-writing “Imagine.” Justice long overdo. It was impossible for any one individual to produce such a terrible song.