By: N. Elmôr
In light of the coronavirus, celebrities have taken it upon themselves to do their part, contributing positively in many ways.
To start off, James McAvoy, Scottish actor and star of movies like “Split” and “It Chapter Two”, generously donated £275,000 as part of the campaign Masks for Heroes, to help purchase equipment for health care workers treating coronavirus patients.
Amy Adams, Josh Gad (known for voicing Olaf in the Frozen franchise) and Jennifer Garner, amongst other stars, are working with initiatives such as Operation Storytime and Save with Stories reading children’s stories. This has the aim to entertain kids’ and parent’s during quarantine and lift their spirits.
John Krasinski (American actor and filmmaker, known for his role in “The Office”) began a YouTube channel with the intent of sharing positive stories amid the pandemic, rightfully named Some Good News. On Friday the 17th of April, Krasinski hosted a virtual prom, dedicated to all the teens who would have been having prom at the time. With guests like Billie Eilish, the Jonas Brothers and Chance the Rapper performing their hit songs, this virtual prom certainly made many peoples day and meant a lot to teens.
Many stars have also used their platforms to spread awareness about coronavirus and the importance of self-isolation. Ellen Pompeo, the star of “Grey’s Anatomy” shared an emotional video on Instagram thanking health care workers for their efforts and putting themselves at risk to save our lives. Lady Gaga also took to Instagram to remind her fans to keep social contact to a minimum. She wrote: “I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now, but it’s much safer not to so I don’t get them sick in case I have it.” Hollywood director James Gunn shared on Twitter a list of “10 greatest movies you likely haven’t seen” as something to do to spend time. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck drew attention to the people who are most in need and encouraged fans to donate to the nation’s food banks. Other celebrities like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Lizzo and Arnold Schwarzenegger have also promoted social distancing on their platforms.
Another thing that has become very popular amidst the pandemic is live streaming concerts taking place on various platforms, as all shows and festivals have been cancelled for the time being. Artists have paired up with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen to play their music live. The opening #TogetherAtHome concert included musicians like Chris Martin (from Coldplay), John Legend, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes and many more.
If you are interested in taking part in these live streams, in this link, you can find dates of upcoming virtual concerts: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams
Last but not least, Gal Gadot (also known as Wonder Woman) assembled multiple of her celebrity friends to record music video singing “Imagine” by John Lennon. She also reminds us that “we are all in this together”.