Celebrities spark annoyance with coronavirus ‘Imagine’ singalong

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Celebrities join Gal Gadot to sing ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon amid COVID-19 pandemic
Jimmy Fallon, Sia, Zoe Kravitz, Mark Ruffalo and more joined actress Gal Gadot to sing “Imagine” by John Lennon. – Mar 19, 2020

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot enlisted some of her celebrity friends to join a singalong during the sixth day of her self-imposed quarantine due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Gadot invited some of her superhero friends, including Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Natalie Portman (Thor), to sing John Lennon‘s Imagine.

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Challenges of social distancing during coronavirus pandemic

“Day 6 in self-quarantine and I got to say these past few days got me feeling a bit philosophical,” she said in an Instagram video. “You know this virus has affected the entire world, everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from. We’re all in this together.”

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She said she watched a video of a man from Italy playing his trumpet on his balcony to all the other people “locked inside their homes.”

“He was playing Imagine and there was something so powerful and pure about this video and it goes like this,” she said before she began singing the song.

The video includes Kristen Wiig, Jamie Dornan, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Adams, Zoe Kravitz, Sia, Will Ferrell, Labrinth and more.

Many people took to social media to share their thoughts on the group singalong, which was met with mixed reviews.

Some social media users were annoyed that celebrities would sing a cover instead of donating money to relief funds.

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Canadian comedian Seth Rogen said he was “so insulted” that he “wasn’t asked to be a part of this.”

Rogen posted his own version of social distancing entertainment on Tuesday night.

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The Pineapple Express actor live-tweeted his reactions to the film adaptation of the Broadway play Cats.

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“I’m pretty stoned and watching Cats,” he tweeted. “I’ve never seen the broadway show. It is truly trippy. Am I supposed to know what a Jellicle is? They’ve said it 200,000 times but I don’t know what’s happening haha.”

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Rogen questioned the scale of the movie and how big the cats actually were.

“Also the scale is bizarre. The behind the scenes features, which are amazing, said the set is 2.5 times scale but that would mean cats are like 60 pounds in real life!”

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