Rihanna’s 777 tour to promote her new album Unapologetic has turned to chaos with journalists chanting their demands, drinking to excess and an Australian man streaking down the aisle of her specially chartered plane, as the singer fails to grant any of those invited to follow the country hopping trip an interview. T
hose on the promotional jaunt, which sees RiRi visit seven different countries in seven days, are claiming she has refused to come out of a special “panic room” and that they are being fed strange foods and generally going stir crazy. Now we’re really pissed off we weren’t invited.
Of course, this kind of lunacy may well be what Rihanna intended. After all, there’s not a great deal of publicity to be had from everything going well, is there? And when you’re dealing with someone whose new album features a duet with the man still serving a probationary sentence for beating, choking, biting and threatening to kill her (a song which tells us that their relationship is “nobody’s business” btw) then it’s clear we’re dealing with someone who has taken attention seeking to a whole new unsavoury level. She should just unleash snakes on that plane and let the hack Vs reptile battle commence.
Here’s what some of the press have been tweeting about Rihanna’s attempt to create some kind of airborn disaster movie in real life:
@VH1Music: OMG!!! Streaker runs through Rihanna's 777 plane - riles up 150 angry journalists
@choitotheworld: The Australian with the harmonica STREAKED the plane as the press corp chanted.
@Jasonrnewman: Crowd chanted "Just one quote!," "I need a headline!" and "Occupy 777" while Aussie journo stripped naked and ran around the plane.
@Gawker: The #RihannaPlane is on the verge of complete anarchy.
The naked, harmonica playing man is believed to be Melbourne’s Fox FM’s morning announcer Michael Christian. Who is either getting fired or promoted when/if he gets back.
MTV’s Mary HK Choi also reported: being fed “German meat chips” at four in the morning and that “it now smells like a movie theater concession stand on the Rihanna plane and the people next to us just rolled up to their seats with tumblers filled with whiskey and then one of them promptly spilled it into his seat back pocket.”
While Jeff Rosenthal from Rolling Stone magazine 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. She also had after-parties in Stockholm and Paris, both times showing up mere hours before wake-up call... The hotels are beautiful, but we’re only sleeping two or three hours in them - four, tops. From journalists to fans to label reps to airline staff, the general feeling is one of mild depression-cum-hysteria.’’
In the video of the streaking incident and near-mutiny we can spot Britain’s own Mark Ellen in the melee. We’ll be praying for you, Mark.