- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lady Gaga said celebrities are lacking self-awareness when they repeat the phrase “we’re in this together” from their luxury homes while millions of Americans are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pop star was promoting her upcoming coronavirus-relief concert with Global Citizen on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” when she briefly discussed her quarantine situation and how she and the colleagues she’s locked in with at her office routinely remind themselves how good they have it as a way to stay grounded.

“We always take moments of gratitude throughout the day to remind ourselves that we have it very good, actually, and I say that with a lot of respect and gravity,” Gaga said.

“I was talking to someone the other day about this messaging that ‘we’re all in this together,’ ” she told Mr. Fallon. “And 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.”

Lady Gaga didn’t specifically mention the “Imagine” video that featured multiple celebrities, including Mr. Fallon himself, singing lyrics from the John Lennon hit from their respective quarantines, which was mercilessly mocked for being tone deaf.

Unlike some, Gaga said she’s using this time to figure out a way to actually help people.

“There’s things that are going on in the underbelly, not only in this country but in countries all over the world,” she said. “And 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 what that woman is in, I want to honor that that woman is not in the same fight that I’m in, and I want to help her fight that fight.”

“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,” she later added. “And I think 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.”

“In a time of catastrophe, kindness is the most important thing,” she continued. “We must be compassionate to each other, and I think also self-awareness while you’re being kind and making sure that you know what you have and what you don’t and that you take those moments to have gratitude.”

Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” concert, featuring Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Stevie Wonder, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves and others, broadcasts globally on April 18 and will benefit Global Citizen’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Mr. Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert are slated to host the event.

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