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Celebrities keep saying, ‘We’re all in this together.’ But Lady Gaga isn’t so sure

Lady Gaga made the late-night TV rounds on Monday to promote her upcoming coronavirus-relief concert with Global Citizen.
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Unlike some of her fellow celebrities, Lady Gaga does not believe we’re all in this coronavirus crisis together.

While promoting her upcoming coronavirus-relief concert with Global Citizen on “The Tonight Show,” the “Shallow” hitmaker and actress explained why she takes issue with people like herself and host Jimmy Fallon using the unifying phrase of “we’re all in this together” during uncertain times.

“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,” Gaga said while video-chatting with Fallon on Monday.

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While Gaga didn’t name anyone in particular, among the well-meaning stars who have adopted the familiar rhetoric in their respective solidarity PSAs are “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot and her “Imagine” team, “The Late Show’s” Stephen Colbert, the casts of CBS TV series and the original “High School Musical” ensemble, who reunited recently on social media to promote social distancing.

The “Chromatica” artist‘s feelings echo those of many who have expressed their frustration online with the rich and famous as they continue to send missives of love and support from the comfort of their luxury homes.

“We always take moments 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’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 ... 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.”

Actress Gal Gadot meant well, but her famous friends — including Will Ferrell, Zoë Kravitz, Sia, Kristen Wiig — singing “Imagine” has irritated some.
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One way in which the “A Star Is Born” actress is committing herself to the cause is through Global Citizen’s “One World: Together At Home” concert — featuring Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Stevie Wonder, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves and many more — which she curated to celebrate the hard work of healthcare workers and others on the frontlines of the public health emergency.

Gaga stopped by the late-night programs of Fallon, Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel on Monday to raise awareness for the event and Global Citizen’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. All three comedians are also set to participate as co-hosts of the forthcoming April 18 broadcast.

“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,” Gaga continued on “The Tonight Show.” “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.”


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