Fans disparage Zendaya, Willow Smith and Kiernan Shipka’s David Bowie cover of “Changes”
While they might have had the best of intentions, Zendaya, Willow Smith and Kiernan Shipka are called out for their cover of the David Bowie classic, “Changes.”
In a clip shared by W magazine Instagram Considering Saturday, the three ladies are seen partly singing and partly reading the lyrics of Bowie’s 1972 hit, much to the dismay of fans of the artist who viewed their questionable knowledge of the song as disrespectful of the icon. .
“Why are they reading those iconic lyrics on a page !! ??? If they don’t know them by heart like any Bowie fan, then 🤫” commented one reviewer, another calling the interpretation of “Cringeworthy”.
“I hate the way they read it,” said another reviewer.
W Mag released the clip in honor of what would have been the star’s 75th birthday, but it made the coverage even worse for die-hard fans of the legend.
“It’s so insulting to David Bowie on his everyday birthday,” added another disappointed subscriber.
Others called the clip directed by Lynn Hirschberg “painful to watch”, “a car accident” and even “insane”.
However, a few fans appreciated their efforts to honor Bowie, with one commenting “Love these girls” while another added, “Love this ode to a legend!”
It also drew comparisons to Gal Gadot’s viral celebrity clip covering John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which also came under heavy criticism when it was dropped in the fall of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gadot recently addressed the clip, which she now realizes was “in bad taste.”
“I was calling Kristen [Wiig] and I was like, ‘Look, I wanna do this thing,’ “Gadot says InStyle in the February 2022 issue of the magazine. “The pandemic was in Europe and Israel before coming here [to the US] in the same way. I could see where everything was going. Corn [the video] was premature.
She added, “Now was not the right time, and it was not the right thing. It was in bad taste. All with pure intentions, but sometimes you don’t hit the nail on the head, do you? “
Bowie died in 2016 after a private battle with cancer.