People got angry at Lady Gaga being invited to a WHO conference. But she shut them up by raising $35m

James Besanvalle
Tuesday 07 April 2020 10:30
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When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday that Lady Gaga would be a special guest during one of their press conferences, some people were irrationally angry.

Leading the charge was right-wing pundit and Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan:

Similarly, people flocked to social media to ask why the world’s leading health organisation was working with the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning music artist and actress.

The sentiment seemed to be that Lady Gaga had no place during a global pandemic:

No, Karen – it wasn’t a joke.

During the press conference, Lady Gaga announced she was putting on an all-star benefit concert – called the One World: Together At Home concert – to raise money for charities and healthcare professionals affected by Covid-19. It will be streamed across YouTube, Twitter and Facebook on 18 April.

She said in the announcement video:

We are all so very grateful to all of the healthcare professionals across the country and around the world. What you are doing is putting yourself in harm’s way to help the world, and we all salute you. We celebrate and highlight the singular, kind global community that is arising right now. We want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit.

A host of celebrities are expected to appear on the broadcast, including Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, Chris Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Lizzo, Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Alanis Morissette, Billie Joe Armstrong, J Balvin, Burna Boy, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder and Keith Urban.

She also revealed that she and the charity organisation Global Citizen have already raised $35m (£28m) for WHO.

And just when you thought she was done, Gaga got Apple CEO Tim Cook on the phone to donate $10m (£8.1m).

Calling the millionaire on Jimmy Fallon’s show, Gaga said:

Of course, we all appreciate everything that Apple’s done already to support [the fight against] Covid-19… we spoke last night about a certain number for the donation and it was quite sizable. I just wanted to confirm we were OK on that this morning. Can I confirm you for that donation?

Cook responded:

You can confirm me – we are so proud to be a part of this.

Lady Gaga let out a cheer of excitement at the $10m donation.

What do you have to say about this “bloody singer” now, Piers?

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