Rihanna’s excuse amounted to her being a perfectionist and poor planning
Rihanna’s apology came of Tuesday as “Us Weekly” reportedly quoted the famed to have said: “I know you guys got barely any dirt… But I had to be good. I still sound [bad]. It’s impossible to spend time with everybody, and I’m sorry I didn’t. But this was excellent and I would definitely do it again.”
Rihanna told the group that she had a sore throat and spent the bulk of her time on the plane catching zzzz’s.
She added, “Normally, I’d be back here popping bottles with y’all … I had to preserve my voice.”
The diva told “Us” that she was worried about not taking care of her body and that she had to prioritize it “over partying on the plane.” She added, “I had to just sleep whenever I could. I hope you guys had as much fun as I did.”
Nevertheless, Rihanna’s concern over her health, did not bold well with Radio 1 DJ, Nick Grimshaw, who reportedly has refused to play any Rihanna songs on his Breakfast Show after the singer cancelled an interview with him at the last minute.
Unfortunately, Grimshaw was perhaps too unapologetic himself to understand that the Grammy winning singer’s health was more important than her fulfilling the interview commitment.
In any case, it’s Grimshaw’s prerogative to play or not play Rihanna’s music.
Despite her reported apology, there were still some guests from the tour that characterized Rihanna behavior as careless recklessness.
Moreover, concertgoers in NYC complained that the “Diamonds” songstress took more than two hours for her to finally take the stage at Webster Hall for the tour’s final concert. (Her band and crew kicked back at the venue’s bar while they waited for Rihanna to show.) Post-show, Rihanna kept the party going, hanging with her mentor Jay-Z backstage before hitting her ‘Unapologetic’ album release party at Jay’s 40/40 Club.
Nonetheless, activities which took place on the chartered 777 tells a different story altogether. I call it the Unapologetic Bedlam. That’s right; the Rihanna Unapologetic 777 Tour turns bedlam.
While writing this story, I was told that you don’t have to look very fall for stories about Rihanna peculiar ways of interacting with fans and the press. Certainly, the internet contains a treasure trove of information relative to the Barbados super star. I understand that those who have followed her career know she isn’t the least bit shy.
Anyway, the natural beauty decided months ago to take fans, reporters, friends and family on what was billed as the Rihanna 777 Tour.
According to published reports from MTV and other media outlets, while taking a flight back from Berlin the popstar was upstaged by a naughty journalist who stripped off in the packed cabin for all to see. The plane was carrying various members of the press. As the journalists struggled to get some time with the Barbadian songstress, the flight descended into total anarchy and panic.
The chartered private jet was carrying a group of 150 and just by googling Rihanna’s name you’ll learn that it generated a worldwide buzz. The passengers tweeted messages and pictures as they arrived at each stop on the trip. Every venue every party-filled moment the group experienced, they took the time to tweet.
So those that had not made the trip vicariously experienced the 777 Tour.
When the trip began, the group’s tweets were fairly positive in tone. It initially appeared that everyone including Rihanna were all having fun.
Nevertheless, following the initial face to face time with Rihanna – which saw her posing for photos and pouring guests Champagne, those of us receiving the group’s messages were told that the singer had gone AWOL.
In other words, the diva deserted ship. No one was informed of her decision, she didn’t even say serenade.
Rihanna left a frustrated pack of reporters and fans cooped up in a very small space to fin for themselves. Ouch! SEE; “Unapologetic!”
As the group journeyed from Berlin to London, tensions grew ever more intense, until all of a sudden it reached the tipping point with journalists documenting the descent into madness and anarchy on social media. Who said you can’t use a phone or the internet while in flight?
MTV’s Mary HK Choi tweeted: BEDLAM on the @rihanna plane and press corp YELLS “save our jobs” and “just one quote.”‘
According to Jason Newman, senior writer at Fuse magazine – announced that passengers were comparing the mutiny to the Wall Street/St Paul’s protest against the banks: Crowd chanted “Just one quote!,” “I need a headline!” and “Occupy 777″ while an Aussie journalist stripped butt naked and ran around the plane.
He also reported that the press pack began using Rihanna’s song lyrics to highlight their frustration, singing “Where have you been all my life/Are you hiding from us.”
The thing about it is that I’m surprised that no one saw it coming. I mean, there you are on a 7 day tour with one of the most news worthy stars on the planet. You just know you’re going to have a story that hit’s big every single day; and what do you know, she goes AWOL and there goes your job.
Unless! Unless, somebody on the plan decides to let it all hang out; literally speaking. Just let it hang. And it appears the Aussie was more than “Game.”
Clearly it was a no show too far for the Australian journalist when he made the decision to flash his junk to a news-hungry press cabin, aching to report something of note. Did they get what they were aching for…..
And as his antics were captured on film, the whole world could see just how crazy journalists can get when they are cooped up for hours and given random food to eat.
In the end, Rihanna clearly implied an acknowledgement, that her ambitious adventure of dragging 150 members of the press, 50 fans, her massive entourage and 15 duffel bags of clothes on a private plane around the world for her 777 tour was perhaps a bit too ambitious for the star to pull off on her own, when she stated: “The hardest part…I guess [was] trying to balance being a host and being a performer at the same time. I need[ed] to do my show and then shut up until the next show and then in two hours we have to fly and sleep. But I really wanted to hang out and interact with everybody and give everybody some of my time. I guess it was difficult, it was hard to be able to do that.” In other words, it would have been much wiser had she hired a management team to coordinate the adventure for her.
Under condition she admittedly did not foresee, it appears Rihanna may have recovered the respect and admiration of at least most of the fans that were chosen to make the trip.