Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has reflected on the criticism she received for her video cover of the classic John Lennon song “Imagine,” saying the 2020 rendition was “bad in taste.”
At the beginning of the COVID-19-forced lockdown in the US, Gadot had collaborated with a host of celebrities, including actors Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Pedro Pascal and Mark Ruffalo, for the cover of the 1971 song.
The two-minute video featured these personalities singing lines from the song in hopes of inspiring viewers during the pandemic, but many criticized the Hollywood stars for being insensitive and “out of touch” with the real world.
In a new interview for the February issue of InStyle, Gal Gadot said releasing the video wasn’t the right choice at the time.
“The pandemic was in Europe and Israel before it came here (to the US) the same way. I saw where everything was going. But (the video) was premature. It wasn’t the right timing, and it wasn’t the right thing. It was in bad taste,” the 36-year-old Israeli actor added.
This isn’t the first time Gadot has discussed the controversy surrounding her “Imagine” cover.
In October 2020, she told Vanity Fair magazine that she wanted to “send light and love to the world” through the video.
“All I can say is that I intended to do something good and pure, and it didn’t transcend,” the Red Notice actor had said.