Imagine no celebs … It’s easy, actually. We never needed them ...

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Imagine no celebs … It’s easy, actually. We never needed them anyway

We revisit the horrible hypocrisy of Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ as stars go nuts because no one’s looking at them

Julie Burchill

Pity poor Sam Smith. The non-binary singer who insists on gender-neutral pronouns (“They/them”) posted a video clip of themselves having what my dad would have called “the ab-dabs” on social media this week.

Having selflessly entered self-isolation at their £12m home on Thursday, by Friday they were weeping like a girl (sorry, like an assigned-at-birth cis female) because they were already bored with their own company. “I hate reading!” they confessed, suggesting that if you have no life of the mind you’ll always be a bad friend to yourself – even if you do refer to yourself in the plural.

But it could be worse; Smith could have joined the other celebrities treating us to their own stardust-sprinkled version of the ghastly John Lennon song Imagine...

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