It was only a matter of time before the general public had to suffer through this era’s version of the song “We Are the World.”
In an effort to combat the sour moods of people having to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, a bunch of Hollywood’s famous faces decided to all collaborate via the internet to sing John Lennon’s Maoist dirge “Imagine.”
It was as cringe-inducing as you could imagine. Oh, sorry.
Just like many other trendy celebrity social media collaborations,the two-minute homemade music video consisted of actors and entertainers from Gal Gadot to Will Ferrel, recording themselves each singing a part of Lennon’s terrifying song about an atheist utopia. Each warbly, 3-second cut was spliced together into the full insufferable bit.
There were plenty of famous folks in the video. Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot teed up the first line, “Imagine there’s no Heaven…” Oh we forgot how beautiful this song was with its clever melody and simple nihilism. The rest of the video played out like a bad collection of American Idol auditions.
The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh retweeted the video, commenting, “I cringed so hard that I collapsed into myself and turned into a black hole that is now consuming the galaxy.” Yes the pain was that acute.
The video, which already has 5.5 million views on Twitter, included actors like Will Ferrel, Natalie Portman, Kristen Wiig, Zoe Kravitz, James Marsden, Amy Adams, The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal, Mark Ruffalo, and Maya Rudolph. Singer Sia was in the mix, as well as comedian Jimmy Fallon, British model Cara Delevigne, and comedian Sarah Silverman, among others.
Yeah it was a lot.
It was hard to not see this video as one large virtue signal -- harder still when you consider that many of these rich, privileged folks routinely castigate conservatives onstage and on social media. Here’s looking at you Sarah Silverman, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Kravitz. But, hey, a song about no God and no religion as a boon for society is right up their alley. The messaging couldn’t be more clear.
Southern-fried comedian Larry The Cable Guy pointed out the hilarious irony of this PR move. He retweeted the vid and captioned it, saying, “Here’s a message from people with a lot of possessions that can take a year off of work and not flinch telling everyone outa work to imagine a world with no possessions while people are living in the street a half mile away from ‘em.”
Well said, Larry. Well said.