- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2020

Joe Rogan says social media coupled with the coronavirus pandemic is exposing “idiot” celebrities who would sing “imagine there’s no heaven” as families are struggling with the death of loved ones.

The podcasting star told comedian Tom Segura this week that “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, along with a host of other celebrities, came off as having no “self-awareness” with their recent rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

“This is not the time when everyone’s grannie is dying, you f–ing idiot, to sing, ‘Imagine there’s no heaven,’ ” he said during an interview posted for his 4 million YouTube subscribers on Wednesday.

Mr. Rogan said that if he were friends with Ms. Gadot and the other participants, then he would pull them aside and offer some advice.

“I would have to say, ‘Listen, you’re awesome. I think you’re great. But, that is a ridiculous idea. It is so lacking in self-awareness and so ridiculous,’ ” he said. “What I would do, even if I wasn’t a comic, if I saw someone do that, I’d be like, ‘What in the f– do you think you’re accomplishing with this?’”

The iconic UFC commentator added that such videos were bizarre because someone’s loved one is off “choking on her own vomit.”

“[Gal Gadot] started if off: ‘Imagine there’s no heaven.’ And a big smile,” he continued. “Yeah, there’s some people, man, that get real self-indulgent and self-righteous with that f–ing social media. It’s exposed a lot of celebrities for being real dorks. But they never got a chance to be exposed before. They would go on ‘The Tonight Show.’ They’d do these things. They’d do these interviews. Everything was real fluff. But if you just leave them alone with a phone [and they’ll expose themselves].”

Some of the other celebrities to take part in the coronavirus singalong include: Will Ferrell, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman and Kristen Wiig.

* (Note: Video contains some cursing.)

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