Gal Gadot addresses starry 'Imagine' video backlash, says intentions misunderstood
Everyone is trying to lift spirits up during the pandemic, including Gal Gadot. Back in March, she had asked a few celebrities to croon a line or two of Imagine, a masterpiece song by John Lennon, a member of the noted band, Beatles. Her initiative soon went viral but the reactions to it weren't that encouraging. However, Gadot maintained her intention was honest.
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
Now, why did Gadot choose Imagine? The song, part of Lennon's second studio album, was recorded at Tittenhurst Park estate, England. Done in one take, it had Lennon singing, accompanied by a piano score. Released in October, 1971, it's regarded as an anthem of international peace and brotherhood. So, Gadot had picked the right song, with her buddies crooning seconds-long renditions of the song.
Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Fallon, Norah Jones, Amy Adams, Jamie Dornan and many other celebrities collaborated in this cappella video. But, many people dubbed the performance as cringe-worthy and slammed the artistes for disrespecting a real-life grave scenario by keeping contributions symbolic. The video was called out in such a manner that many expressed disappointment after seeing their favorite actors in it.
Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan, Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon after posting that video of them singing “Imagine” off-key pic.twitter.com/CLTHgsS3XV— ahmad (@writtenbyahmad) March 19, 2020
Gadot broke her silence on the backlash and said that she "had nothing but good intentions." She informed that it was Kristen Wiig, who plays her villain Cheetah on Wonder Woman 1984, who brought so many celebrities on one page about the video. "Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it's not the right good deed," said Gadot in defense.
"I had nothing but good intentions...I just wanted to send light and love to the world...yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn't transcend," Gadot signed off. Talking about the controversy, Jamie Dornan said Wiig had apologized, since she had asked him to film himself for the video.
"I wasn't really that aware of the negative reaction to it. But I was made aware quite quickly," said Dornan. "Kristen texts me a couple days later going, "Sorry." I was like "What do you mean?" And, um, she said, "Well, there's been a lot of negative stuff...we were just trying to do a nice thing," the Fifty Shades of Grey actor added.