As the World Health Organization (WHO) comes under fire for bungling its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lady Gaga has praised Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
President Trump and others have pointed out WHO’s shortcomings, which include its early statement that human-to-human transmission was not possible.
The WHO was also critical of President Trump’s travel bans, which healthcare experts including Dr. Fauci say have saved an uncountable number of lives in the United States.
Lady Gaga shared her praise of WHO Director Tedros when joining the organization’s daily briefing on Friday, saying, “Dr. Tedros, you’re truly a superstar.”
This comes just days after President Trump announced that the U.S. would be temporarily halting funding to WHO.
More details on Gaga’s statement and appearance at the briefing below:
Director Tedros is facing immense scrutiny after allegations that the WHO failed to demand accurate information from China.
Many health and science experts still doubt the official numbers coming out the communist Chinese government.
President Trump has claimed that the WHO prioritized "political correctness over lifesaving measures."
When Trump initiated the travel bans in the United States, the WHO initially opposed the travel bans, though later data suggested that Trump's decisive actions saved lives.
The Hill has more details on Lady Gaga's praise for Director Tedros:
Lady Gaga praised the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday as he faces increasing criticism from President Trump and conservatives.
The singer shared her praise while joining WHO's daily coronavirus briefing to discuss the lineup for the "One World: Together at Home" benefit concert, which has already raised $50 million to fight COVID-19.
“Dr. Tedros, you're truly a superstar,” she said, speaking directly to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "Thank you so much to the media for telling the stories of all of these medical professionals and getting the word out about how under-resourced their systems are."
“During this time we have seen a coming together of a singular, kind, global community,” Lady Gaga continued. “This triumph has instilled in myself and my colleagues a true calling to call upon the private sector and philanthropists to commit millions of dollars to support the World Health Organization's COVID-19 response.”
Tedros and Gaga have a long history, if Twitter has anything to say about it.
In March, Director Tedros wished Lady Gaga a Happy Birthday on Twitter and lavishly praised the Bad Romance-singer.
At the end of her appearance, Lady Gaga said that she considers herself a "global citizen."
There are many questions surrounding Tedros' ties and allegiance to China.
When Tedros was vying to become the Director of the WHO, he was fiercly opposed by Ethopians who were angry about his leadership in their country.
According to the National Review, Ethopians accused Tedros of covering-up deadly epidemics, which many say is similar to the WHO's response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
When Tedros sought to become WHO director-general in 2017, he met with fierce opposition to his candidacy from Ethiopians angry with his service to and defense of the country’s abusive regime, as well as his record as minister of health. He was ultimately confirmed despite allegations that, as minister of health, he directed the cover-up of three deadly cholera epidemics by simply insisting that they were Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), apparently hoping to avoid the impact that the public admission of a cholera epidemic might have had on Ethiopian tourism and the image of his party.
In retrospect, that episode bears a striking, chilling resemblance to the WHO’s response to the coronavirus’s appearance in China.
For as long as he could, Tedros was happy to validate Beijing’s clumsy efforts to minimize and downplay the viral outbreak in Wuhan. While China was actively covering up the virus and censoring information about it, Tedros lavished praise on Xi Jinping’s response as “transparent,” “responsible,” and “setting a new standard of the world.” Even as international pressure grew, he delayed declaring the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. When the declaration was finally made on January 30, 2020, he was careful to say that, it was “not a vote of no confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have the confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.”
Days later, at a time when China had reported 361 deaths from the virus — and when, we know now, the actual number of Chinese deaths was actually much higher — Tedros, echoing the Chinese government’s stance, remained adamantly opposed to restrictions that would “unnecessarily interfere with international trade and travel” in an effort to stop the pandemic’s spread. Until at least as late as February 29, shortly before the extent of the pandemic’s global reach and threat began to become clear, WHO was still officially opposed to such restrictions. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), in turn, was all too happy to criticize the United States and other countries that had imposed early travel restrictions on China as having “violated the WHO’s advice.”
Meanwhile, as President Trump attempts to hold world leaders accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrities appear to be partnering with WHO.
WHO's virtual concert featured other artists including the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, and Paul McCartney.
While Lady Gaga calls Director Tedros a superstar, it's clear that the true superstars are the medical workers on the front lines of this pandemic. To those of you keeping us healthy, thank you!