Quarantine has, for me and many other people, been quite emotionally taxing. I’ve lost a lot of work, which as a freelancer already operating on razor-thin margins, has brought about the enjoyable side-effect of near nightly panic attacks, causing me to wake up gasping and spend the next hour or two quaking in bed wondering how I’ll pay rent next month.
I’d argue that these aren’t ideal conditions for creativity to flourish, but Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t think that’s an excuse. Really, you should be using your abundance of free time to take on a new hobby, like writing a book, or “learning to code online.” Sorry, I know you’re anxious and even the act of forcing yourself out of bed in the morning is a struggle, but how are you ever going to win at quarantine if you don’t learn to play “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” on the crumhorn?
Instead of going outside, Paltrow says “It’s time for nesting, reading, cleaning out closets, doing something you’ve always wanted to do (write a book, learn an instrument or a language or learn to code online, draw or paint) going through photos, cooking, and reconnecting on a deeper level with the people you love.”
Can we just agree that any celebrity meditations on this crisis should be limited to screenshots of the enormous donations they’re making? Please? [Page Six]
Speaking of tone-deafness, remember a few years ago (or maybe it was a couple days, couldn’t say) when Gal Gadot and friends pissed everyone off by singing “Imagine” when instead they should have filmed themselves donating buckets of money to laid off workers (see above)? Well, hold Madonna’s beer:
Here’s our girl, solemnly gripping the fixtures on her rich-person bathtub while doomy piano music plinks in the background, explaining how covid-19 is the “great equalizer” because it treats us all the same.
Oddly, it seems she has encountered some wee backlash.
“This video is stupid,” wrote one commenter. “You live in other reality Madge. Stop it. With petals on your rich bath, oh my god. Covid19 mades distinction cause you can afford your own respiratory machine. Stop trivialize this awful situation please.”
“Covid 19 doesn’t care who you are but our national health system does. It’s a fact,” wrote another.
Here’s a good one: “You have officially lost your damn mind. 🙄” [Us Weekly]