Imagine Dragons Are Getting Dragged For Their Rough Performance At The WGA Writers Strike

You know Imagine Dragons. They have hits like “Thunder,” “Believer,” “Whatever It Takes," and "Radioactive." They also have a reported net worth of $40 million.

The lead singer of Imagine Dragons playing bongos onstage
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Well, this week, they showed up and performed "Radioactive" to support Netflix writers, who are currently on strike for higher pay and guidelines surrounding artificial intelligence in the TV and film industries.

Imagine Dragons at a Super Bowl LVIII experience in Arizona
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But there was a slight issue. The performance was, um, pretty stripped down, unedited, and rather raw, so lead singer Dan Reynolds's vocals and delivery came across as awkward and just not good.

Wait they’re actually so bad

— naomi (@lachancenaomi27) May 10, 2023

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One writer on TikTok made a video with more than 1 million views and joked, "Without warning, Netflix hired Imagine Dragons to try to get the writer's strike to disperse. But we won't stop striking."

The band performing
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People were not impressed. Thus, the comments section was comments section–ing:

Why is he fighting the notes
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I feel like Imagine Dragons is the new Nickleback, This can't be real, and Quite literally drove past this during Radioactive and laughed out loud
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Yeah, definitely not their best:

I have tears streaming down my face rn, I don't get it; were they to sing you away, and What the hell
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Either way, again, let's give the band props for showing up and supporting writers.

The band onstage
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Dan Reynolds has not responded to the backlash, but we'll update you if he does.