There are a few songs out there that are just so awful that hearing even a few notes from it makes you feel like a grand intrusion has occurred. It rubs you the wrong way so badly that you actually start to feel a little angry for having it been forced into your auditory canals.
For me, John Lennon’s “Imagine” is that song. It’s a tune that manages to fit overwhelming amounts of ignorance, naivete, hubris, and bad lyrics into a few minutes.
Now imagine a bunch of celebrities getting together, thinking they’re doing good in the world, by collaborating in a cell phone shot video and singing imagine together. It’s easy if you try, but I don’t blame you if you don’t want to.
That’s exactly what many celebrities from Gal Gadot to Sarah Silverman did. In this very awkward and off-key video, which I can only assume was organized by Gadot, the song is sung with each celebrity taking turns singing into their phone.
Why would anyone do this to their fellow man? https://t.co/4H3tXbEvBM
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) March 19, 2020
To be fair, there’s not a lot Gadot can do to make me dislike her and this video won’t be the thing that does it, but at a critical time when we’re all suffering from a virus, I don’t think it’s fair that we be subjected to a bunch of self-aggrandizing celebrities with very little singing talent trying to serenade us with a divisive song with the goal of trying to heal the world with it.
The least they could have done is sing something that everyone likes and isn’t so horrid. Hell, I would have taken Nickleback’s “This Is How You Remind Me” or “The Thong Song” by Sisqo.
Whatever happened to that guy?
While I can appreciate Gadot’s attempt at trying to be hopeful and inspiring, I gotta be honest with her — and this is coming from a big fan — this isn’t the way. “Imagine” is not as beloved a song as the Hollywood bubble thinks it is and many people see it as a direct insult to their faith, mainly because it props up atheism as this wholesome thing that will make the world better.
While the coastals might go with it, the rest of us don’t.
Also, it’s objectively just a bad song.
If you really want to heal the world, see to it that divisive people stay out of the public square. We’re dealing with enough of that with the media’s politicization of the virus right now.
Also, it’s probably not wise to sing a song that encourages open borders when borders are the very thing keeping this outbreak from going into overdrive. Just take a look at Italy if you need a reference.