Wonder Woman Actress Gal Gadot has said a viral video made by her and some fellow Hollywood stars at the start of the pandemic had “in poor taste”. The video saw the 36-year-old accompanying fellow cast members, who sang a line from John Lennon’s 1971 single Imagine.
Gal Gadot has tried to explain the thinking behind a widely ridiculed cover of John Lennon’s song Imagine posted on Instagram at the start of the pandemic.
The video, which featured Gadot alongside stars including Kristen Wiig, Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell, Zoe Kravitz, Natalie Portman and Jamie Dornan, each singing a line from the song, was intended as a statement of solidarity.
“We are in this together, we will get through it together,” Gadot captioned the original post from March 2020, but many criticised the project as tone deaf, highlighting the apparent disconnect between lyrics such as “imagine no possessions” warbled from multimillion dollar mansions while hundreds of thousands lost their lives, relatives, jobs and homes.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, Gadot said the timing of the video – which is now viewed more than 10 million times – was the central problem. “The pandemic was the same way [in the US] before it came to Europe and Israel.
“I was seeing where everything was headed. But [the video] was premature. It wasn’t the right timing, and it wasn’t the right thing. It was in poor taste.
“All pure intentions, but sometimes you don’t hit the bullseye.”
At the time of posting, Gadot had been in isolation for about a week, she said, and it felt “philosophical” to see the crisis unfold.
Speaking to Vanity Fair last year, Gadot expressed regret about the video, describing it as “just not the right good deed. I had nothing but good intentions and it came from the best of places, and I just Wanted to send light and love to the world.
“I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend.”