In Defence Of Gal Gadot's 'Imagine' Video.
People have missed the point.
People around the world are currently self-isolating and in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19, including some of our biggest stars.
While self-isolating, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot enlisted some of her famous friends to join her in singing a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine', posting the video on her Instagram page. Gadot has been slammed online for the vid, which quickly became the subject of ridicule and parody. There are, according to some, much better ways she could have helped out during this crisis.
I believe these people are being much too harsh on the celebrity singers, and completely missing the point that of why Gal Gadot decided to make this video. Here, I offer a few points in defence of the all-star 'Imagine' cover.
There are Not Enough Masks To Go Around
Some commenters on the video proposed that donating money to or buying masks and ventilators for hospitals would have been a better use of Gal and friends star power than the 'Imagine'. While this would be a noble gesture, it might not actually help as much as people think.
Even buying directly from a manufacturer, there are not enough masks and ventilators to go around if the virus continues to spread at the current rate. It simply won't be possible to make these items quickly enough to keep up with demand.
The more helpful measure at this point is to flatten the curve of the virus's spread through social distancing and self-isolation, in the hope that we won't need so many extra ventilators in the first place.
Gal and the other celebrities in the video were practising social distancing, therefore helping to limit the spread of Covid-19, and stop the U.S.A’s Hospitals from heading for a complete patient overload like the one we’re seeing going on in Italy right now.
Even If There Were Enough Ventilators, There's No Guarantee That Those Most In Need Could Access Them.
Most of the celebrities appearing in Gal Gadot's video reside in in the U.S.A. It is, unfortunately, a well-known fact that the U.S healthcare system is flawed, favouring those with better Health Insurance.
One uninsured woman, Danni Askini, is now on the hook for a sum of $34,927.43 for her treatment for the virus. Askini is lucky is she didn't need to be admitted to the ICU.
If the virus continues to spread, and a choice arises on whether an insured patient or uninsured patient is treated, the insured patient will take precedence. Even with insurance, some patients are paying $9000 out of pocket for treatment.
No amount of celebrity donations will change this.
The Video Was Made As A Morale Booster For Those In Isolation
The biggest complaint about the 'Imagine' video was that it doesn't actually do much to help the current situation with the virus. However, those people are missing the point.
This video won't cure Covid-19. No-one involved with it believes that. But in stressful times like this, it is as important to care for one's mental and emotional health as much as much as the physical. The intention behind the video was to act as a mood booster, and remind those who may be struggling with isolation that they are not alone.
If the video helped even one person in the way it was intended, that's worth just as much, if not more, than any monetary contribution.
The Human race as a whole could stand to be kinder to you one another, and it is usually the smallest gestures that have the largest impact. It’s a shame that it often takes wide scale tragedy to teach us this lesson.
We need to be better. Practice social distancing, stop the spread. Be kind to each other, and help in small ways when we can.
This was just what Gal Gadot and her friends were trying to do.