As Gal Gadot's merry band of quarantined superstars are (rightly) mocked for their cover of "Imagine," Chris Lochery remembers other off-key superstar sing-a-longsby Chris Lochery / March 20, 2020 / Leave a comment
If they weren’t all so attractive, rich and pampered, you could almost feel sorry for celebrities at a time like this.
So much of a celebrity’s life is spent being sincerely asked for their opinions on issues of global importance that, when a serious international crisis actually starts to unfold, it must come as an awful shock to discover that suddenly nobody has any time for their shit any more.
Poor Gal Gadot and her merry choir of quarantined celebs got this exact rude awakening this when she uploaded a video of her and her friends singing an unbearably mawkish version of “Imagine” to Instagram.
Not for charity. Not to raise awareness. Not even as a goofy timer to instruct you how long you should wash your hands. Just for #numbers.
If Gal was expecting to be showered in love heart emojis, her timeline jammed with approving quote-tweets from doctors and politicians, then it didn’t go exactly to plan. The effort was roundly—and rightly—dunked on.
Still, the celebrity singalong is a well-established part of the process now, and Gal Gadot & The Covid 19 join an illustrious list of stars who tried—and failed—to make a difference.
Helping Haiti—Everybody Hurts (2010)
Proving there is no situation that Simon Cowell can’t somehow make worse, the karaoke king felt so moved by the plight of Haiti after the devastating earthquake it suffered in 2010 that he broke out his little black book and assembled a crew of pop stars to serenade the grieving Haitians as they rebuilt their lives.
Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi and Joe McElderry all banded together to each take a line of REM’s “Everybody Hurts” in order to raise some money for the afflicted. Unfortunately, the song’s sentiment changed a little when set against the backdrop of a horrendous natural disaster.
The message of solidarity the stars presumably intended to send was that, underneath it all, we are all the same deep down. It rang slightly hollow in practice, however, as Cheryl Cole and Robbie Williams were effectively telling the people of Haiti that we all have problems, yeah?
Jamie Oliver and Ed Sheeran—Food Revolution (2015)
The global food crisis is…