A star-studded television concert starring music legends and politicians sparked a violent online reaction for raising funds for the controversial World Health Organization amid allegations that the group is indebted to China and mismanaged the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
The two-hour event “One World: Together at Home”, led by WHO and the non-profit group “Global Citizen”, was broadcast on several television channels in the United States and abroad on Saturday.
Corporate sponsors of the event and other donors have already donated $ 150 million to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, organizers said.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump withdrew all U.S. funding for the WHO, representing about half of the group’s budget, pending an investigation into the group’s management of the pandemic, and in particular its relationships. with China.
This did not stop, and perhaps encouraged, the list of stars who joined the One World concert, including Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, who sprang from the mouth of this director general of WHO. Tedros Adhanom was a “superstar”.
Lady Gaga said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom was a “superstar” at the “One World: Together at Home” event, led by WHO and the non-profit group “Global Citizen “
First Ladies: Michelle Obama [L] and Laura Bush [R] were just two of the political voices who spoke during the show
The contributions, all filmed in their homes, also came from Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, British football star David Beckham, former American first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Billie Eilish , Bill Gates and dozens of others.
Trump supporters, as well as critics of the WHO around the world, were immediately unleashed on social media and in the reviews of the online streaming platforms that broadcast the concert.
“Yes, we need unnecessary celebrities preaching to us that it’s not China’s fault and how we should all live as one nation,” read a stinging Amazon reviewer of the concert, adding the raw abbreviation. “BS”.
“No thanks, it’s for WHO,” another tweeted. ‘NO THANKS.’
“This World Together at Home, CCP Sponsored Sponsor Propaganda” [Chinese Communist Party] WHO and this c ** p global citizen bull are on at least 20 different stations, “tweeted Charles Langworthy, a Republican congressional candidate in Michigan.
“You can take your comrade propaganda and push it. THIS IS AMERICA! We are not citizens of the world, we are AMERICAN CITIZENS !! ‘ he added.
The concert was broadcast on NBC, ABC and CBS television stations across the country, as well as on MSNBC, NBC Sports and other cable channels.
Taylor Swift joined the starry lineup for the benefit of raising $ 150 million for WHO
Billie Eilish also lent her talents to the two-hour “One World: Together at Home” event
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“If I couldn’t give any stars, I would,” wrote an Amazon reviewer. “WHO LIES! People are dead !! Let’s not forget that !!! While we are at home, we have given up our freedom and most of us out of work, these CELEBRITIES ask us to help raise money for WHO ?! Forget it!’
Tedros, a former Ethiopian Marxist party official with a doctorate in community health, also gave a video address at the concert, which sparked a particular backlash.
“Disgrace, you have no reason to stand after this episode. Did not report what came out of [China] failed to confirm a pandemic until it was too late, you were permanently behind the curve, “said one person.
WHO critics, including Trump and many Republicans, wonder why the group has waited so long to declare the coronavirus a global health emergency, and why it has consistently supported the Chinese Communist Party’s positions on a number of key issues.
Tedros, a former leader of the Ethiopian Marxist party with a doctorate in community health, also gave a video speech during the concert, which caused a particular backlash.
On Friday, after China revised up its estimate of the death toll, a WHO official hailed the move as “an attempt to leave no case undocumented.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, America’s coronavirus response coordinator, said on Saturday that even the revised Chinese figures lacked credibility.
“I put China there so you can see how unrealistic it would be,” she said about a graph showing China’s official death rate at 0.33 per 100,000. , orders of magnitude lower than all other countries.
WHO has also stressed Beijing’s insistence that the virus has been transmitted to humans in a “wet market” of wild animals in Wuhan, despite US reports that it escaped. a Chinese laboratory during failed experiments.
Dr. Birx presented a graph with coronavirus mortality rates by country when Trump spoke, saying, “Does anyone really believe that number? »The American bar is seen in blue
The death rate in China has been marked with an asterisk to indicate the unreliability of the data, and even Dr. Birx admitted that it lacked any credibility, saying that China had breached its “moral obligation”.
US studies whether virus accidentally escaped from Wuhan Institute for Virology (above) after receiving credible information
The Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab is the only Chinese level four biosafety facility, and was known to conduct experiments to identify emerging coronaviruses in bats – not as a biological weapon, but to prove Chinese superiority in isolation of potential disease threats.
American diplomatic cables sent just two years ago say that American scientists were deeply concerned about the botched security procedures at the laboratory.
In addition to the performances, Saturday’s televised concert featured posts on social media and news clips of doctors and nurses applauded by communities around the world, monuments from around the world deserted, families greeting each other. windows and acts of kindness in support of those who are isolated and frail.
“I am so grateful to health care workers, medical workers, all grocery and delivery workers, postal workers, all the other nonprofits who work so hard,” said Gaga, who helped organize the event.
“This is truly a true love letter to all of you around the world, and I hope for a reminder of the kindness that is happening right now,” she added.
Beyonce gave a passionate speech on how COVID-19 “seriously affected” African-American communities during her visit to the concert One World: Together at Home
Elton John also joined the range to raise funds for the World Health Organization
Beyonce did not play but sent a video message in which she noted the disproportionately high death rates of COVID-19 in the black community.
“This virus is killing blacks at an alarming rate in America,” she said, urging viewers to protect themselves.
Swift, on the piano, gave an emotional rendition of his ballad “Soon You Get Better”, which was originally written during his mother’s battle with cancer.
The Rolling Stones, shot in four different locations, sang “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards playing the acoustic guitar.
The Rolling Stones played You can’t always get what you want via a screen divided into four
Oprah Winfrey appeared with a message of support during the concert
NBC, ABC and CBS have teamed up to broadcast the historic event with late night talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel [L], Jimmy Fallon [R] and Stephen Colbert meet to host the show
Matthew McConaughey recorded a message of support from his home in Austin, Texas, where the actor is currently self-isolating.
“We appreciate all health care professionals, but never like now,” said Winfrey in a video message. “They are truly the best of us … We need to make sure that governments step in now and provide health workers with the equipment and funds they need.” “
Wonder played the classic “Lean on Me” of the late Bill Wither, while McCartney, recalling that his mother was a nurse and midwife, sang “Lady Madonna”.
“You know coronavirus is a problem when a Beatle is involved,” Kimmel joked.
Celebrities have called on people to stay at home, wash their hands regularly, practice social distancing, and pressure their political leaders to introduce widespread screening for the disease.