Lady Gaga Addresses Hypocrisy With Celebrities Saying “We’re All In This Together”; Confirms Benefit Concert

The outpouring of love and support from people all around the world through social media has been nothing short of inspiring. We are seeing a shift in social media content, with more positive content cropping up than negative. People are banding together to honour the frontliners who are battling the COVID-19 pandemic in real-time, creating “#challenge” after challenge to promote health and activeness, templates for us to get to know each other better, and memes to get us to look on the brighter side of the situation we are all facing. One of the more prominent memes is the one born from the notion that celebrities are not exactly experiencing the same quarantine/lockdown/movement control order that us “normal” people are living through.

 

 

Lady Gaga addresses the frustration that many have with it’s easy for the rich and famous to send messages of love and support from the comfort of their luxury homes, though. Mama monster took to “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon to explain why she felt that celebrities – even the herself and Fallon – should be cautious when using the phrase “we’re all in this together”. Gaga has used the phrase in a tweet, “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot alluded to it in her heavily criticised rendition of “Imagine” with fellow actors, Stephen Colbert used it in a PSA for “The Late Show”, amongst other well-meaning celebs.

 

 

While on video chat with Fallon, Gaga says,

While I think the sentiment is nice, I also think that the fight that I’m in — or that you’re in, right? — is very different than the fight of a woman that is in, perhaps, an abusive relationship and has a child and lost her job and can’t feed her kid and can’t feed herself and also can’t get the help that she needs because she’s in a violent situation”

 

In an effort to ease the burden of those less privileged, the the “A Star Is Born” actress has raised USD$35 million with Global Citizen and their COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organisation (WHO). Speaking at a WHO press conference on Monday, Gaga stressed the “deep gratitude” she and many others felt towards the medical community for their work in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. She shared,

My heart is very achy and warm for those who are ER doctors as well as nurses who are sleeping in cars to make sure they don’t infect their families or their patients.”

 

 

She went on to share at the same conference that there are three important things that is happening for us:  a)  that we celebrate and we highlight the singular kind global community that is arising right now”, b) “to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement” and c) “to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit”. And doing her part to remind people of these three happenings as well as to celebrate the hard work of frontliners, Gaga and Global Citizen are organising a concert titled “One World: Together At Home”.

 

 

The multi-hour TV special will feature artists like Billie Eilish and her brother Finenas, Shah Rukh Khan, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urba, Lizzo, Lang Lan, Andrea Bocelli and more. It will be co-hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel on the 18th of April. The concert will be streamed live on the comedians’ respective TV network as well as on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.

 

I’ve been really focusing a lot of my energy on figuring out how I can help. Because we all want this to end, but being in this all together — that’s a tricky statement because … I want to honour that that woman is not in the same fight that I’m in, and I want to help her fight that fight.”

 

The funds for the benefit concert are being collected pre-concert from more than 60 corporate entities. Gaga called up Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask him to donate USD$10 million to WHO while on call with Fallon and he agreed to the amount. In doing so, Gaga hopes that people can “sit back and enjoy the show you all deserve”.

 

The funds raised will be used to buy protective equipment for health workers as well as to support efforts for the development of drug and vaccines to combat the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 

Gaga shared with Fallon,

“I have always believed in kindness, and I think that what is so true about times like now is that there’s financial currency … but then there’s kindness currency, and they’re both equally as important. There’s a lot of people that are at home right now and wondering how they can help, and they feel like they can’t and don’t know how to. And one of the ways that you can is to be kind.”

 

 

There are tonnes of ways to help within and amongst our own Malaysian community. Whether it is to personally reach out to fundraising efforts, to be part of the efforts of companies, to help the less fortunate family a few doors down or even to share verified, important news and tips on COVID-19 – offer a hand where possible. We don’t need everything to survive, just enough is good enough. There are those with nothing and barely enough, they are the ones who need more.

 

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