Olympics organizers accused of misjudging public appetite for preaching by the rich and famous after commissioning a celebrity cast to cover John Lennon’s “Imagine” in a revival of a relationship disaster public pandemic.
As millions watched the final stages of the Opening Ceremony from the Olympic Stadium in Japan, Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1971 single, which his wife said was about forgoing ” control that divide borders, nationalism, war, religious constructions or property “, has received a new interpretation on the larger stage.
Activists and singers Keith Urban and John Legend – each with a net worth of around $ 75 million each – were among those who melodramatically recited the words of the former Beatles in an alleged show of solidarity.
The song, as some have pointed out, made little sense in the context of a stadium that had just been filled with athletes from the 206 nations competing in the Games.
“Imagine that there are no countries” wouldn’t really make an international sports competition, would it? #Opening ceremony
– Sarah (@CQEdinburgh) July 23, 2021
“’Imagine there is no country’ wouldn’t really be the subject of international sports competition, would it? ” one asked, referring to Lennon’s words, which would make the Olympics extremely difficult logistically if done.
“Imagine that there is no country … after the parade of nations”, mislaid another.
It was that celebrity lockdown video a little over a year ago that ruined the song for me
– Rufus S. Logan, Esq (@esq_rufus) July 23, 2021
Well over a year after the song made the soundtrack to one of the pandemic’s worst-received celebrity videos, many viewers have demonstrated that they haven’t forgotten the version released by Gal Gadot , which has been widely vilified as “cringe” thanks to the perceived sufficiency of the individuals involved above a desire to inspire community spirit among the people.
“Of all the songs they could have chosen, they choose ‘Imagine'”, A reviewer said, accompanying his response with a photo of prominent figures in Gadot’s video, accused of demonstrating a painful lack of awareness with their message at a time when many were losing their jobs.
Time is really a circle and we go back to the Gal Gadot Imagine video
– rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) July 23, 2021
“Have we all collectively forgotten the worst part of the pandemic?”
Ono, 88, tweeted shortly before the song was played as athletes gathered in the largely empty stadium, which will host no supporters throughout the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee concluded a deal with local and national authorities amid rising Covid-19 rates in Japan.
I hate that I am crying right now. Maybe that’s the globe drone thing… oh wait, this is Keith Urban and I’m back to rolling my eyes.
– Monica Bisha (@MonicaBisha) July 23, 2021
that’s the total dreck isn’t it. And a man who has an entire apartment just to put away his fur coats singing about imagining a world without money is maximum hypocrisy. Elton John gently didn’t care: “Imagine 6 apartments, it’s not hard to do. One is full of fur coats, another full of shoes.”
– Andy Fraser (@andy_utoronto) July 23, 2021
“The song ‘Imagine’ embodied what we believed together at the time”, said Ono, whose husband was shot dead in 1980.
“John and I met – he’s from the west and I’m from the east – and we’re still together.”
Imagine there is no country … after the parade of nations.
– Joshua Saltzman (@jbsaltzman) July 23, 2021
Don’t be so jaded. Gal’s bad take hasn’t ruined an amazing song forever, and World Unity is a fitting theme for the Olympics. Try to have fun this morning.
– LongPlaying (@expectdelay) July 23, 2021
A statement from the organizers said the song called on people to “imagine a peaceful world without illusions in the present moment; without the control mechanisms that divide borders, nationalism, war, religious constructions or property, where life and all its riches are shared in peace and harmony throughout the world. “
An unimpressed bystander joked about another crooner who laughed at Lennon’s wealth.
I mean a song where they say: Imagine there isn’t a country, after 207 countries just come out with their own version of blazers or whatever, that’s one thing. But also, personally, I hate this song
– Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 23, 2021
“He’s a total dreck, isn’t he?” “ they stressed. “And a man [Lennon] who has an entire apartment just to put away his fur coats singing to imagine a world without money is maximum hypocrisy.
“Elton John gently didn’t care: ‘Imagine six apartments, it’s not hard to do. One is full of fur coats, another is full of shoes.'”
An apologist retaliated: “Don’t be so jaded. Gal’s bad take hasn’t ruined an amazing song forever, and the Unity of the World is a very fitting theme for the Olympics. Try to have some fun.”
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