Back in the early stages of the pandemic, Gal Gadot recruited a host of celebrities to perform a cover of the John Lennon classic “Imagine.”
It did not go well.
The video was immediately met with backlash as being out of touch and inappropriately timed as many people had just begun to quarantine due to COVID-19. Joining Gadot was a lengthy list of stars such as Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Zoë Kravitz, James Marsden, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph, Norah Jones, Leslie Odom Jr., Sia, and more.
Gadot has finally addressed the criticism she received over the video in a new interview with Vanity Fair. “Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed,” The Wonder Woman star said. “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.”
Gadot says the idea “started with a few friends” before she approached Kristen Wiig with it. Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood,” she joked. “Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game.”
While she recognizes the pushback she received from the video, Gadot insists she “meant to do something good and pure” adding that “it didn’t transcend.”