Us Weekly‘s Senior Editor Ian Drew was among the 250 unlucky journos, bloggers and fans who accompanied Rihanna on a frenetic 7-city, 7-day concert tour to promote her new Unapologetic album.
Rihanna was certainly unapologetic after numerous complaints from the journos who lacked adequate sleep, Wi-Fi, or bottled water.
By day 3, the restless
captives media considered abandoning the disorganized tour altogether.
Pissed that Rihanna didn’t deign to leave the comfort of the first class cabin to slum with them in coach, one of the journos distributed “Missing” posters with Rihanna’s photo on board the plane.
In a statement released by Rihanna’s
damage control PR people, the singer sort of kind of apologized for putting the journalists, bloggers and fans through hell for 7 days.
“Guess what, we made it! This has been an experience that I will never ever forget. I barely slept. My sleeping was all done on this plane. I know you guys got barely any dirt. But I had to be good. I still sound like shit. 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. Would do this next time with more people, more cities and sit back the fans more. . . I had to preserve my health. Normally, I’d be back here popping bottles with y’all . . . I had to preserve my voice. I was worried about my body more than partying on the plane, so I had to just sleep whenever I could. I hope you guys had as much fun as I did.”
Rihanna is obviously in denial if she thinks the same 150 journalists and bloggers would go through that again. I take that back — some of those bloggers would jump at the chance to be miserable again, as long as Rihanna gives them face time. How pathetic.
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