Chris O’Dowd has called the celebrity video that emerged at the beginning of lockdown a form of “creative diarrhoea”.
The celebrity cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” emerged at the beginning of lockdown, and included stars such as Natalie Portman, Gal Gadot and Chris O’Dowd himself, all singing the iconic song in an attempt to lift the world’s spirits amid the Coronavirus outbreak in March.
A video of stars including O’Dowd, Gal Gadot and Natalie Portman, who sang the famous song in an attempt lift spirits amid the coronavirus outbreak, went viral in March.
But, the video wasn’t very welcomed and was labelled “cringe” and “out of touch” by many on social media. Even Nick Cave called it “the most panic-inducing version ever recorded”. In case you’ve forgotten what it was like, here’s the video to refresh your memory.
Now, O’Dowd himself has spoken out about the video, admitting the backlash was “justified”.
Speaking on the latest episode of Louis Theroux’s podcast Grounded, O’Dowd said: “In terms of my interpretation of it, I think the backlash was justified.”
The Irish actor was asked to take part in the video by friend and Bridesmaids co-star Kristen Wiig: “I’ll do anything Kristen asks me to do so of course we just did it. It took five minutes, didn’t think about it. I presumed it was for kids. We were in that first wave of creative diarrhoea that seemed to encase the entire world.”
Wel, we didn’t think it was that bad Chris. Was it?