It took a few minutes for Gal Gadot and her celebrity buddies to send a freshly quarantined world into cringes, and it took seven months for her to acknowledge the misstep.
Six days into her COVID-19 quarantine in March, Gadot posted a two-minute Instagram video that was a compilation of famous singers and actors each delivering a selfie-recorded line of “Imagine,” the 1971 John Lennon classic.
Shockingly, seeing celebrities in their mansions with no lack of resources was not comforting to the masses.
There were 10 million views to see the likes of the Wonder Woman star, Will Ferrell, Amy Adams, Sia, Jimmy Fallon and Natalie Portman, but many people believed that the “Imagine” cover effort was out of tune or out of touch.
“Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed,” Gadot told Vanity Fair. “I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best place, and I just wanted to send light and love to the world.
“I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend.”
A New York Times review summed up the “clusterclump” best in March:
“By the end, it has been pummeled and stabbed, disaggregated, stripped for parts and left for trash collection by the side of the highway. It is proof that even if no one meets up in person, horribleness can spread.”
Seven months later, those words still hit sharper than a Sarah Silverman riff.