You know we’re done with celebrity when even Jennifer Aniston suffers backlash.
Her offense? Posting a photo of her newest Christmas ornament, memorializing “Our first pandemic 2020.”
And off she went, trending on Twitter for being — like so many of her cohort this year — tone-deaf, insensitive and out of touch.
“Why do celebrities not use logic?” went one typical anti-Aniston tweet. “Why?”
Among the many disruptions brought by COVID, our relationship to fame, Hollywood and celebrities has also shifted. As it turns out, they need us more than we ever needed them.
As the world went into lockdown, movie theaters and music venues closed and blockbuster releases were put on pause. While the rest of us worried about our next paycheck or the nationwide toilet paper shortage or whether a trip to the grocery store would kill us, we saw what happens when celebrities don’t get their daily dopamine attention-hit.
First came the super-ill-advised and unasked-for “Imagine” video, spearheaded by Gal Gadot (whose much-anticipated “Wonder Woman 1984” did, in a movie star’s worst 2020 nightmare, go straight to streaming). Along with Gadot were Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell and far too many other stars singing from their beautifully appointed homes, basking fireside or strolling through expansive, verdant backyards.