We can see the pitch now. “Hey Rihanna, let’s do a press tour for Unapologetic, but instead of us going to the press, we’ll take them along with us for seven days in seven countries, yay!” Good idea, right? Kinda sorta. Like any house guest, after three days you’ve overstayed your welcome! In the case of the 777 tour all types of crazy things have been happening after Day 3!
Rihanna tried her best to make sure her new journalist frenemies had plenty to eat and drink, but exhaustion and frustration has officially set in, and now the alcohol induced professional critics have turned on the poor Rih-Rih and tried to stage a “mutiny”!
According to Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Rosenthal wrote, “We haven’t seen Rihanna offstage since the first day, unless you count her popping up at baggage claim for a few moments on the morning of the second.” He went on to describe the feeling aboard the plane as “one of mild depression-cum-hysteria.” Journalists have protested at the lack of time with the singer. Not a good look.
If you dare search #RihannaPlane and #777Tour on Twitter you get stories galore from the attending journalist about their experience and most of it is sarcastic humor, but a lot of the complaints feel…unappreciative to say the least.
I mean you’re flying around the country with the current queen of pop – lighten up!
Here is an example of coverage from MTV Style writers:
Mary HK Choi: AHHAAHAHAH it’s pandemonium on the plane. We’ve just left Berlin after a rooooough time in Paris and the Fuse guys in front of us just sabotaged the Official Rihanna documentary by chanting “B Roll” in unison and it was genius. Playboy dude just asked them to recreate it for HIS camera but they aren’t having it because that dude is “just trying to scoop an angle!” It’s every man for himself. I wish they hadn’t given us German meat chips for our 4:00 AM plane snack because it’s making me punchy. I also love that we have twelve drink tickets pooled between us because drinking would make us barf. We may be teetotalers after last night. [Pause to reorganize the mountain of chocolate and cornichon sitting on our tray tables. Also so Maud can lick meat chips off her fingers.]
Another journalist adds:
Maud Deitch: I tried to get people on Twitter to place bets about when they think we’ll actually take off for London, but nobody’s biting. I think when we have to build our own feudal society from the rubble of the plane after the revolution, bookie is a pretty decent position to be in. I, personally, think we’ll leave at 4:45 AM, which is exactly 4 hours and 45 minutes from the time that the original itinerary said we would arrive in London.
MHKC: Normally, I’d agree with you but the delays have gotten longer and judging from the previously established trajectory we’ll be leaving at 11:00AM. I’m also beginning to think she’s a figment of my imagination. This is SUCH a good argument for holograms. As in, I wish we were all holograms.
And what good is a mutiny without an Austalian streaker!! Australian DJ Tim Dormer streaked through the aisles of Rihanna’s 777 tour plane as the press got rowdy flying from Berlin to London.
Yeah, that just happened. Thankfully, the trip is almost wrapped.
On Tuesday, they will be in London to celebrate the release of Unapologetic before wrapping up the jaunt in New York City. Do you feel these journalist/bloggers should be more grateful to Rihanna’s generosity or should Rihanna have known better…I mean these are people that critique for a living!