Internet outrage or Genuine displeasure? A look into the Gal Gadot Imagine cover controversy

The Coronavirus pandemic has knocked society off its feet however during this lock-down we have all witnessed the power of song and how a group of strangers can come together to sing or clap as a human collective.

However not every attempt at creating and spreading a positive message appears to work as actress Gal Gadot quickly learned after releasing a cover with friends of John Lennon’s song Imagine. I spoke with Connor Warren an Ulster University, MA Communication and PR student whilst investigating this ‘backlash’ that Gal Gadot had received.  

Hoping to gain an insight into what might have caused this response online. I wanted to find out why no other musical covers from lock-down had received such aggressive and angry responses from the internet and public.

For links to the various videos shown in this news story please use the list below.

Italian Trumpet man – Tvio Trapani: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh2LHaFpE_k&t=18s

ABBA Lock-down Parody – Starlets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOXtKOziD6M

Lock-down best musical moments – Reuters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ8JT1vNKac

We are the world – Channel Aid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MWNW_a35oY

Gal Gadot and Friends Imagine cover – On demand entertainment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fDIZj9BX9U&t=74s

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