By Cam Lawrence
Art by Michelle Jun.
Celebrities are some of the most influential people in our world, as they have social media platforms, millions of dollars and status above the other 99 percent. Prior to 2020, connecting to celebrities was a dream for the general public. But, this year, some of our favorite actors and singers personally gave us virtual meetings and support.
One of the first widely-known come-togethers was hosted by Lady Gaga on April 18. She hosted entertainers ranging from Billie Eilish to Celine Dion to Elton John on a broadcast called One World Together: At Home, dedicated to health care workers who were and are risking their lives on the front lines of COVID-19.
Another popular reunion was the Disney Family Singalong broadcasted on April 16 during which the original cast of High School Musical joined together to sing “We’re All In This Together.” Other celebrities on this show were Derek Hough, Beyonce and Donald Glover.
While the height of reunions were in the months of March, April and May during the prime of the quarantine period, there are many ways celebrities are still connecting to the public. Cameos have become very popular, where celebrities send videos to fans for a price, typically donating the money to a charity.
In these Cameos, celebrities give a nice message to the buyer, often mimicking a character they are famous for playing. For example, actor Jim O’Heir (who played Gerry in Parks and Rec) pretends to be his character in the videos he sends. Many people can also buy Zoom calls with celebrities, including “The Vampire Diaries” main actors, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
Celebrities used their platforms this year for the better, raising money with YouTube videos, holding auctions for meetings or fun events and raising overall spirits. While the pandemic has limited social interaction with our friends, it has oddly enough allowed for more connection with some of our biggest idols in the Hollywood and music industry.
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