Just as we are all finally recovering from that celebrity-filled "Imagine" video of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this David Bowie tribute is coming.
To mark the chameleon singer's 75th birthday on Saturday, January 8th, W Magazine decided that the best way to do this is to re-share a video of a trio of young stars that is the classic from the 1972 hit Treated "changes" of the deceased star.
The 2016 clip, directed by Lynn Hirschberg, features Euphorias Zendaya, Willow Smith, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrinas Kieran Shipka belting out the song with seemingly no preplanning either as to style or pitch. "Watch as the stars deliver a hearty interpretation of the legendary rocker's hit," as the caption says.
Now we're sure everyone involved had the best of intentions, but that doesn't mean it isn't a difficult watch. Your version of "Changes" left a lot of fans confused and offended.
"Bowie is lucky he's dead and can't see this," someone wrote on Instagram, a comment that was liked nearly 600 times. "I thought this was going to be cute, but instead it felt blasphemous," commented another.
Others noted the quality of the performances. "Why are you reading these iconic texts from one page !! ??? If you don't know it by heart like every Bowie fan, ”someone asked. "You didn't even give them a key to sing, did you?" Said another. "Why on earth would you give them a Bowie song when they obviously have no idea what a Bowie song is?" Asked someone else.
It also reminded people a lot of the infamous 2020 "Imagine" video that featured celebrities like Gal Gadot, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and National Portman. It took Gadot almost two years to apologize for the annoying video; Expect the humble apologies from Zendaya and Willow around 2024.
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