Gal Gadot Has Broken Her Silence on the "Imagine" Video Backlash
The celebrity-filled video from earlier this year was widely mocked.
Though it seems like ages ago now, it was only earlier this year that Gal Gadot unleashed the "Imagine" video of herself and over a dozen other celebrities singing along to the John Lennon song, inadvertently heralding what some have deemed the end of celebrity culture as we know it.
Now, Gadot has finally addressed the video in an interview with Vanity Fair, which noted that the Wonder Woman star "doesn't apologize" for it.
"Sometimes, you know, you try and do a good deed and it’s just not the right good deed," she told the outlet. "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."
She explained, "I started with a few friends, and then I spoke to Kristen [Wiig]. Kristen is like the mayor of Hollywood. Everyone loves her, and she brought a bunch of people to the game. But yeah, I started it, and I can only say that I meant to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend."
Notably, one other actor in the video, Jamie Dornan, also named Wiig, claiming she had asked him to participate in the video, and that she later apologized for unknowingly drawing him into one of the most mocked videos of the year.
"Kristen texted two days before that came out, 'My friend Gal and I are trying to organize this thing to try and lift people's spirits,'" Dornan said on Shane Todd's Tea With Me podcast. "So I was like, 'Of course I'll do it, it sounds like a lovely thing to do.'" He added that Gadot was "trying to do the right thing, I just got dragged along with it."
The video, released at the beginning of the worldwide coronavirus lockdown (if you can remember that far back at this point), was widely roasted as people criticized it — and the people in it — for being tone-deaf and insensitive during a time of unprecedented hardship for anyone who isn't wealthy and privileged.