Coronavirus: the aggressive and unforgiving global pandemic; however, the show must go on. Thankfully, this pandemic has not stopped celebrities and public figures from creating content and activities [virtually] to continue to entertain the world. For anyone who is feeling extreme boredom, figures all over the globe have created content that interests all types of people.
In the midst of this pandemic, actor John Krasinski sparked joy all over the world due to his new Youtube series called “SomeGoodNews.” Each episode, John and several other celebrities highlight…some good news for viewers to enjoy rather than what seems like the constant negativity. This program is truly enjoyable and will guarantee a good laugh.
The iconic late-night television show Saturday Night Live has also managed to pull off producing episodes with their regular cast acting from the comfort of their own homes. Their videos often poke fun at the new experiences that quarantine has brought. Their skit titled “Zoom Call” is definitely relatable for many of us. Unfortunately, SNL will not be releasing a new episode on May 2nd but the previous uploads are definitely worth a watch.
A variety of musicians have taken to the social media app, Instagram, to perform live “concerts” for their followers. Artists such as Ariana Grande, Billy Joel, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Lil Wayne, John Legend, Billie Eilish, and so many more have already given their fans a virtual concert but the website billboard.com has a list of upcoming “events” to tune into. Because of the pandemic, the Global Citizen music festival was cancelled. But instead of completely cancelling the event, Global Citizen got numerous musicians to perform during their online event called “One World.” Altogether, they raised about $128 million to support the healthcare workers on the frontlines, everyday heroes, and the World Health Organization. Recordings of the performances have been compiled into an album, with proceeds from streams on Spotify being donated.
Not only have celebrities created content for fans all over the world, but they have also donated significant amounts of money to support various charities, non-profit organizations, and hospitals around the globe. Musicians such as Halsey, Jay-Z, and Meek Mill have donated about 200,000 protective face masks to hospital workers as well as inmates in prisons across the country. Household names such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Kylie Jenner, and Roger Federer have all donated millions of dollars to show their appreciation for healthcare workers and other essential employees who are risking their lives to keep us safe.
While this time period is full of uncertainty, no one is alone. Luckily, many public figures have used their resources and platform to assist those that need it most.
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