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Pop star Rihanna gives good Meet & Greet

And if you don't believe me...well...
posted by ThePinkSuperhero (132 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
aw, I usually want to dislike her, but that's really sweet.
posted by sweetkid at 7:51 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is like the antidote to those hoverhand pics.
posted by ODiV at 7:52 PM on July 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Britney's face looks photoshopped on in every one of those pictures.
posted by empath at 7:52 PM on July 18, 2011


Wow, poor Britney Spears. I thought that was a Real Housewife of Somewhere at first.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:55 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's like she respects and appreciates her fans...
posted by WinnipegDragon at 7:58 PM on July 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Britney looks really tired in a lot of those pictures.

And, while I now think Rhianna is much cooler than I did before, it's a little sad that the one you might predict to have a case of hoverhands is the one with hoverhands.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:58 PM on July 18, 2011


Rihanna's song "Man Down" was featured as the subject of a recent Planet Money broadcast.

However, I have no idea why this was posted to Metafilter.
posted by quadog at 7:58 PM on July 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


When did Raggedy Anne become the poster girl for a hip, happening, go-to hair-do?
posted by sardonyx at 8:00 PM on July 18, 2011


Those Rihanna pics are fabulous. I've been to entire family reunions where nobody was that genuinely happy to see each other.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:01 PM on July 18, 2011 [20 favorites]


It's nice to see a major artist have fun with meet and greet photos. Most artists have done so many of these that they're bored and it often shows in the pictures.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 8:05 PM on July 18, 2011


Keep smiling Brit Brit
posted by The Whelk at 8:06 PM on July 18, 2011


She's not just giving these folks a photo op - she's actively participating, playing around to produce goofy fun photos. The poses are the kinds of goofy stuff friends do in photo booths. And that's awesome. She strikes poses, she makes faces, and as one comment observes, she really does seem to be more excited about that proposal than the couple themselves. (Plus, she got out of the way and let them have some photos together on 'her time,' which is props too.)

And come down to it, my opinions of celebrities are unduly influenced by how they treat their young fans. this is what I like to call Doing It Right.
posted by Tomorrowful at 8:07 PM on July 18, 2011 [22 favorites]


Related (OK not exactly): Justin Bieber hears his song playing at a wedding, stops by to say hi.
posted by rkent at 8:18 PM on July 18, 2011


I don't blame Britney for her awkward photoshoots at all really.

After you have a certain amount of celebrity, it's just fucking exhausting to deal with people demanding your time. It's also deeply weird to have people who are complete strangers walk up to you like they know you, and some fans are obsessive -- I mean, fuck, if I had Britney's fanbase and associated haters, i would never leave the fucking house. You'd never know what you were going to get when someone approached you.

The best time to meet 'celebrities', if you want to have a decent conversation with them, is when they aren't that famous yet-- like foreign acts on the first tour of your country. Mostly because they're flattered that anybody recognizes them still.

Honestly, if you remotely care about music, it's a lot more rewarding to hang out after the show with that band or dj who just barely drew 200 people before they got famous than it is to get 'vip access' with a bunch of rich assholes to hang out with a megacelebrity for 5 minutes, whose gonna forget you five seconds after you leave.
posted by empath at 8:25 PM on July 18, 2011 [11 favorites]




I don't blame Britney for her awkward photoshoots at all really.

Me neither, totally! ONTD had a post a few weeks ago about a guy at a meet & greet who asked to hug her, where Britney turned to her handler to ask him, and the manager said no. And most of us agreed that was fair- she was perfectly within her right to not hug her fans, and she had a way of handling it that let somebody else be the bad guy. Oh, I can't hug you, sorry, management says no.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:29 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Honestly, if you remotely care about music, it's a lot more rewarding to hang out after the show with that band or dj who just barely drew 200 people before they got famous.

Aside from about 10 minutes of "Wow, I have fans?" most of these people don't want to hang out with a bunch of admiring total strangers either.
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:37 PM on July 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


When did Britney turn 50? Those are frightening. The Rihanna pics are very cool. She looks like she's having fun. Its nice to see an artist who appreciates their fans.
posted by doctor_negative at 8:39 PM on July 18, 2011


This, surely, is the zenith of anti-hoverhand pics...
posted by benzo8 at 8:42 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pop star Rihanna is apparently charming with people.

Pop star Brittany looks like she'd knee-cap you for 50 bucks if it advanced her career.
posted by stbalbach at 8:45 PM on July 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Aside from about 10 minutes of "Wow, I have fans?" most of these people don't want to hang out with a bunch of admiring total strangers either.

I dunno, depends on who it is, and who is buying drinks, I guess? Some DJs and bands just go straight to the hotel room, and some of them like to party with groupies and some of them will just hang out and talk about music all night with random fans. Everyone is different, but if you're going to have a chance to have a meaningful interaction with someone in the music business, the less famous they are, the better, in general. Unless you're also famous, of course.
posted by empath at 8:46 PM on July 18, 2011


Keep smiling Brit Brit

Place your hand over the right side of the picture, so you can only see Britney. It becomes the world's hottest new dance move. Hottest in a "melting flesh" sense.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:48 PM on July 18, 2011


Pop star Brittany looks like she'd knee-cap you for 50 bucks if it advanced her career.


disagree. pop star britney looks like she'd give you any amount of money if it meant she could stop pretending and just be a regular person
posted by facetious at 8:53 PM on July 18, 2011 [22 favorites]


Britney's hands and neck are freaking me out
posted by liza at 8:55 PM on July 18, 2011


why can't she be a regular person if she wants to? Seriously, this woman is almost thirty years old.
posted by sweetkid at 8:55 PM on July 18, 2011


Her fan club is named after Gary Numan's. Look at the t-shirt.
posted by snofoam at 8:56 PM on July 18, 2011


Those Rihanna pics are fabulous. I've been to entire family reunions where nobody was that genuinely happy to see each other.

I see my family all the time. I only get to meet my favorite musicians once or twice, or once a year, and its rare enough to make me grin like an idiot.

But I'm not sure why this was posted either. Seems like it opens the door to somebody posting the old Grates flickr group i started.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:58 PM on July 18, 2011



The best time to meet 'celebrities', if you want to have a decent conversation with them, is when they aren't that famous yet-- like foreign acts on the first tour of your country. Mostly because they're flattered that anybody recognizes them still.

Honestly, if you remotely care about music, it's a lot more rewarding to hang out after the show with that band or dj who just barely drew 200 people before they got famous than it is to get 'vip access' with a bunch of rich assholes to hang out with a megacelebrity for 5 minutes, whose gonna forget you five seconds after you leave.


Pretty much this. The best is when they're surprised that you care. But it can go either way. Some stars like Bruce Springsteen are famously approachable and friendly, and some indie guys like Matt Friedberger from Fiery Furnaces and pre-fame Jack White are... less so.

But if you hang around outside a venue long enough you can meet anyone.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:59 PM on July 18, 2011


.why can't she be a regular person if she wants to? Seriously, this woman is almost thirty years old.

Her dad had her declared legally incompetent.
posted by empath at 9:02 PM on July 18, 2011 [9 favorites]


I met Noel Gallagher in London when I was 16 or 17, just before he got big in the States. It was all very loud and I was not supposed to be in the club (too young) but I got in with some older friends. I said, "I love your music!" He shouted back, "You're American? How do you know Oasis?" I shouted back some more stuff that he couldn't hear, and then just gave up and said, "I'm very impressed that you can hold three beers in one hand right now!" (somehow he was holding three tall beer cans in the palm of ONE HAND, which impresses me still). He looked down, shrugged and said thanks, and then a bunch of people came over and took him somewhere.
posted by sweetkid at 9:05 PM on July 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


When I was in high school in 1992, Pearl Jam came to play a show.
Between the February announcement of the show and the late May date of show they had exploded. Played a tiny like 300 person club.
While these guys were blowing up, on a Sunday night, with an 8-hour slog to Denver ahead of them for a show the very next night, they stayed and hung out with us dumb kids til 4 in the morning. They would go to the dressing room and bring us out snacks and listen to all our gushing and they seemed really invested in every dumb little conversation we all had.
I've always really appreciated that.
Eddie even let these two guys from DES Moines interview him on camcorder out of nowhere for a school project.

Total class.

Later that summer I lucked into some backstage passes at Lollapalooza in New Orleans and I ran into them again and without having to say anything at all Eddie called out "Omaha!"
He even remebered the pullover I wore that night.
And this was at the point that they had gone supernova.
And they were still mad cool.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:07 PM on July 18, 2011 [41 favorites]


The next year Urge Overkill played the same place and were dickheads.

Take from that what you will.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:11 PM on July 18, 2011 [7 favorites]


These are fun; she looks like she's enjoying just goofing around.
posted by bwg at 9:13 PM on July 18, 2011


Also Rhianna is apparently a huge sweetie and also one of the most beautiful women I think I have ever seen.
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:14 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Lovecraft In Brooklyn, I met Matt Friedberger after a show! It was between EP and Rehearsing My Choir, and he was pleasant enough. Certainly not visibly stoked at my inability to hide the fact that the Furnaces were my favorite band in the world at the time, though.
posted by valrus at 9:14 PM on July 18, 2011


some indie guys like Matt Friedberger from Fiery Furnaces

Seriously? Where does he get off?
posted by eugenen at 9:15 PM on July 18, 2011


God I love Oh No They Didn't. Crowd-sourced gossip is just THE best stuff.

During the whole Rebecca Black "Friday" surge, there were at least four different discussion threads with insanely funny commentary and animated GIFs, I laughed until I cried. Best antidepressant out there on the market, IMHO.
posted by Quiplash at 9:15 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


ohhh gurl you were on ONTD too!

That animated gif of Britney in the pink robe... AWKWARD.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:20 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


I don't really know who Rhianna is but I know she just did a benefit show for the victims of the recent Alabama tornados that raised a bunch of money, so, um, good for her. Yay nice people.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:26 PM on July 18, 2011


This, surely, is the zenith of anti-hoverhand pics...

Agreed. Dude is full on grabbing her ass...and she seems cool with it.
posted by asnider at 9:32 PM on July 18, 2011


I only get to meet my favorite musicians once or twice, or once a year, and its rare enough to make me grin like an idiot.

Don't get me wrong: I'm still thrilled that Will Oldham signed my "Puff the Magic Dragon" 45, and I nearly fainted when I saw Smokey Robinson standing about 20 feet away at O'Hare once. But mainly I'm big on the polite nod that says "dig your work" and briskly going about my business.

This is probably just a function of my advanced decrepitude (leave the field of play to the younguns, who still find musicians as interesting as music!) and lack of schmoozing ability.

(And you know Rihanna agreed to that ass-grabbing shot up front, or her security would have shredded that guy.)
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:36 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]




Lovecraft In Brooklyn, I met Matt Friedberger after a show! It was between EP and Rehearsing My Choir, and he was pleasant enough. Certainly not visibly stoked at my inability to hide the fact that the Furnaces were my favorite band in the world at the time, though.


I interviewed him over the phone and he was a bit eh, but I was also a massive fanboy at the time. Brian Fallon's cool. Craig Finn's cool. John Darnielle hugged me! The Grates are awesome, The Vines are super-friendly and everywhere in Sydney (as is the dude from Frenzal Rhomb). Ted Leo is awesome, and Tim Rogers (You Am I, not the game critic) was drunk and cool.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:43 PM on July 18, 2011


But the only time I was truly starstruck was when I met Christopher Hitchens. I was nervous as a schoolgirl, but he was kinda friendly.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:43 PM on July 18, 2011


i could take or leave (mostly leave) rihanna's music - except S&M which i love - but i adore everything else about her. her twitter is hilarious, her press junkets are funny. her and katy perry* are BFFs and they always seem to be having an actual good time at the various award shows and such . also, yay ONTD!



*the absolute only time i can tolerate katy perry is when she's hanging out with rihanna - so i guess rihanna is fun enough to make others better just by her presence.
posted by nadawi at 9:44 PM on July 18, 2011


A lot of those fans look about as thrilled to be posing with Britney as she is to be posing with them.

If you ask me, the whole "the best thing you can do when meeting a celebrity is take a photo with them" mindset is a holdover from the non-digital age, when a photograph of a fan with a famous person would have been a rare thing to behold. Hell, a photograph of a famous person would have been a pretty rare thing to behold.

Nowadays, with facebook and the proliferation of camera phones, it's like, who doesn't have a photo with [insert celebrity here]? (of those who care about these things)
posted by mantecol at 9:50 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you ask me, the whole "the best thing you can do when meeting a celebrity is take a photo with them" mindset is a holdover from the non-digital age, when a photograph of a fan with a famous person would have been a rare thing to behold. Hell, a photograph of a famous person would have been a pretty rare thing to behold.

I dunno... it just seems more immediate than an autograph. My autographed CDs are collecting dust somewhere but photos of me with boring middle aged rockers keep showing up on my Facebook and hang around in my phone. What else are you going to do when you meet one?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:52 PM on July 18, 2011


with brit-brit, i think she does it out of habit and out of a sense of duty to the hundreds of people on her payroll. if you told her that magically everyone she supports would be taken care of and she could go back to louisiana and work part time at walmart, hang out at starbucks, and take her kids to baseball practice that she'd take it in an instant.

to me, it's obvious she stopped having fun with it a long, long time ago. she looks like she feels trapped. i think her freak out was maybe the most honest time of her life - a mental breakdown, to be sure, but not one that happened because she's insane, but because the life around her is insane and she just couldn't take it anymore.

real loving and caring parents would have immediately taken her away from hollywood, away from pop music, away from producers, and stage managers and personal trainers - instead, her dad got legal control and a huge, ever expanding paycheck (one that sees bonuses if she tours, records an album, etc). it seems like there is literally no one in her life who is there to care for her the person instead of her the product.
posted by nadawi at 9:58 PM on July 18, 2011 [13 favorites]


What else are you going to do when you meet one?

I tend to feel that if I can't interact with someone on a genuine level I'd rather not at all. I've done the autograph-photo-next! thing with a couple musicians and it felt so gross I don't do it anymore. It can certainly be fun to get into a conversation with them if there's time and mutual interest, but like FelliniBlank, a smile and nod usually works well enough for me.
posted by mantecol at 9:58 PM on July 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Tell them you prefer their earlier work

Pretend to mistake them for Josh Groban

Sing "Looooooong ago, and oh so far away, I fell in love with you before the second show" at the top of your lungs

Offer them home-baked desserts (I know someone who did that)
posted by FelliniBlank at 9:59 PM on July 18, 2011


Offer them home-baked desserts (I know someone who did that)

Haha, I've been in fan circles where that was pretty much de rigueur.
posted by mantecol at 10:01 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


What do you do if you meet a popular band who you're not a massive fan of (though you like their hit singles) but you're with somebody who's a massive fangirl of said band?
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 10:06 PM on July 18, 2011


This, surely, is the zenith of anti-hoverhand pics...

Agreed. Dude is full on grabbing her ass...and she seems cool with it.


That look on his face is him accessing the mythical unused 90% of the brain to remember every micromolecule of this moment.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 10:11 PM on July 18, 2011 [11 favorites]


I bumped into Jason Molina once after a Magnolia Electric Co. gig. I reached out and touched his eyebrow and energy crackled from it like a bioengineered Tesla caterpillar. I told him I liked that one song he sang about ghosts and how he's like the new Neil Young even though the old Neil Young is still alive. Molina smiled, wryly, and asked if I had also enjoyed the work he did with Amalgamated Sons of Rest way back in '02. I said "You mean the record with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy?" Then we got into a terrible row. "His name is Oldham!" Molina bellowed. "His name is Billy!" I bellowed back. A passerby said they really enjoyed Tubular Bells. I don't remember much after that because somebody punched me out. It was Robert Pollard, who I had spoken to earlier, telling him that out of the six-hundred and thirty-two albums he has recorded, there are a couple of really good songs in there.

Still today the name of the bearded slicker man is a mystery, but we both agreed he did some incredibly awful shit outside of I See A Darkness.
posted by tumid dahlia at 10:15 PM on July 18, 2011 [9 favorites]


What I like about Rihanna is that apparently it's okay to grope her upon first meeting her.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 10:22 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Pavarotti was the same.
posted by tumid dahlia at 10:28 PM on July 18, 2011 [12 favorites]


Btw, if you want a Rock and Roll Rihanna, check out this performance at the Brits with The Klaxons.
posted by empath at 10:31 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Part of what makes the ass-grab picture as wonderful as it is is the look on her face.
posted by roll truck roll at 10:58 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait, it was okay to grope Pavarotti? And I missed that? Nuts.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 11:00 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I totally hope Rihanna's just as happy as she seems to be in these pictures, and poor Britney isn't anywhere near as sad as she looks.

Damn.
posted by Space Kitty at 11:13 PM on July 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


while we're discussing britney and rihanna, this is probably relavant.
posted by nadawi at 11:14 PM on July 18, 2011


And while I'm on the subject, how much more damn money does Britney's family need? At least her sister got to retire and stay home with her kid.

(I can't believe I'm this invested. How embarrassing.)
posted by Space Kitty at 11:17 PM on July 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


My closest brush with this sort of fame was while waiting at Narita airport for a friend. Apparently Christian Haydensen (or however it's spelled) was also on the flight, according to the small (no, really, not many people at all) group of admirers waiting for him. He booked through pretty quickly, all of the people there with flowers for him got a half-assed wave while I belted out the best line I could think of:

"I loved you in Phantom Menace!"
posted by Ghidorah at 11:18 PM on July 18, 2011 [12 favorites]


I've got an hour and a half to get the question I asked upthread answered...
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 11:20 PM on July 18, 2011




LiB, you could be honest and say you like their singles, but I would probably let your friend (the big fan) take the lead and just smile and follow along. It's your friend's favorite thing ever, you're just along for the ride. If they ask you stuff, be honest, but, y'know, I'd just kind of get them to talk to your friend instead, if the chance arises.
posted by Ghidorah at 11:23 PM on July 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


that entire graham norton episode is hilarious. i was sore afterward because i had laughed so hard.
posted by nadawi at 11:24 PM on July 18, 2011


What do you do if you meet a popular band who you're not a massive fan of (though you like their hit singles) but you're with somebody who's a massive fangirl of said band?

You hold the camera/iPhone and take the photos, and pass the Sharpie when the word 'autograph' is spoken. You also fend off the other fans who are trying to muscle in.
posted by Ritchie at 11:41 PM on July 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Shy Ronnie

Part 2.
posted by Betelgeuse at 12:02 AM on July 19, 2011


Ahhh, this makes Rihanna seem like a glorious person. I wish her awesomeness could rub off on Britney.

Sometimes I drive around in bad traffic and worry about Britney. I feel like her life is a powerful feminist cautionary tale about how being the object of mass sexual attention is a fake kind of power that will wind up with them burning you at the stake when you step out of line, and pleasing people is a trap, and motherhood means mental freeze!!!!! Also, I want to organize a SWAT team of ladies in black outfits and we'll go steal her and take her to some kind of healing oasis and she can just wander around and be blank-minded or whatever and nobody will try to make her wear things or simper or gyrate or be virginal and whorish.
posted by thehmsbeagle at 12:06 AM on July 19, 2011 [33 favorites]


Ever since I saw the South Park episode about Britney I felt way more sorry for her. I know that sounds dumb but she just seems so pressed in and hounded. The latest video, with her fantasy of beating down the paparazzi, is just sad.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:08 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Aside from about 10 minutes of "Wow, I have fans?" most of these people don't want to hang out with a bunch of admiring total strangers either.

Go see Jens Lekman. He's not only a brilliant songwriter, but also one of the coolest people on the planet. He not only spends time with his fans after every show, he goes to people's houses and plays more music. And it's not a gimmick, it's because he wants to.

I spent about 15 minutes talking to him after a show and it was like we were old friends. He's amazing.
posted by drjimmy11 at 12:30 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Go see Jens Lekman yt .

How? He moved to Melbourne about 3 years ago but aside from the occasional DJ set I don't think he's done a show.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 12:44 AM on July 19, 2011


One of these people is doing it because they enjoy it.

The other is doing it otherwise her dad will make the court take her children away.
posted by PenDevil at 12:57 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh yeah? Well I met Slim Jim from Slim Jim and the Fatts at the OBH. He was scribbling down a playlist for his gig in a few hours. Brash dickhead me, beer in hand, plonked myself down at his table and got in his face like it was an interview.

I even chucked in a song request. He politely told me his band only did 60s rock. "So what about your signature Hawaii 5-0 tune from the 1970s?" was my smart ass comeback.

"Pilot was aired in 1969."

ZING!

ps: Then a few years later I found out his bro' was the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Coffin Cheaters motorcycle club. Crikey! He could have had my arms broken for my insolence.

pps: Slim Jim was fat. Oh, the ironing!

posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:21 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


benzo8: "This, surely, is the zenith of anti-hoverhand pics..."
Ahem.
posted by brokkr at 3:03 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


If people are ever asking to have photos taken with me, while I have no pants on, I have either done something very right or very wrong in my career.

Rihanna is definitely invited to my party.
posted by lrobertjones at 3:24 AM on July 19, 2011


I think it's more than Britney's exhausion. She looks scared, washed up and she knows it, and just whatever is up with her playing into the pics. For RiRi, it reminds me of Dragon*Con meet and greets. Kind of like Edward Furlong (Brit) vs Carrie Fisher (Ri). Some do it for the money. Some do it for the goofiness.

But man, I didn't even think that was Britney. She looks totally haggard, old, and really needs to give it up.
posted by stormpooper at 3:45 AM on July 19, 2011


I'm sure she'd love to give it up. Even before her meltdown, she was known to frequently say she just wanted to go live somewhere quiet in the south and raise a family.

That her mother and father are notoriously manipulative and hard-assed Stage Parents has nothing to do with why she kept going, and is still being hauled out into public, i'm sure.
posted by pseudonymph at 3:52 AM on July 19, 2011


How are these Britney Spears photos anything other than "Ha ha look at the asshole" -- or else "Ha ha look at the pathetic haggard washed-up scary female celebrity whom it's fun to mock and, oh, she really needs to hang it up" -- and why are they the subject of a metafilter FPP?
posted by blucevalo at 4:44 AM on July 19, 2011


A small story: When I was a kid my Dad and I walked past the back entrance of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York and there, standing alone with his hands in his pockets, was Ed Sullivan. My heart stopped... this was the man who'd shown us The Beatles, the guy I saw every Sunday night on our black and white TV...

"Merry Christmas!" my Dad said to him a bit tentatively, but Sullivan gave us both a big smile. Then he took a couple of steps toward us. I didn't know what to do... I'd never seen anyone that famous before, and he was still a stranger. I was just a little kid.

"Merry Christmas to you!" he said warmly, and smiling, shook my father's hand. Then he turned to me, looked me right in the eye and said, "you have a Merry Christmas too, young lady!" It was such a friendly thing, casual and yet genuine. His face was kind, and we both had the impression that the encounter meant as much to him as it did to us. It was a real New York moment.

We walked away on clouds, and my father said gently, "don't you ever forget this... no matter how famous a person is, they're still just people."

I've judged all other celebrity encounters since against this, and none have measured up.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:50 AM on July 19, 2011 [18 favorites]


Please can we talk about Rhianna's fucking awesome shoes? I don't even care if this is a derail. I must have those shoes.
posted by elizardbits at 5:10 AM on July 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


elizardbits, two words (kinda) Miu Miu.
posted by squasha at 5:15 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Please can we talk about Rhianna's fucking awesome shoes?

This is the comment that actually got me to look at the links.
posted by ArmyOfKittens at 5:23 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Aw, that girl in the wheelchair looks so happy. Yay!
posted by janepanic at 5:28 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


nadawi: well that episode also had a cute and funny "meet your fan" moment with Colin Farrell (beginning of clip).
posted by bitteschoen at 5:47 AM on July 19, 2011


blucevalo: "How are these Britney Spears photos anything other than "Ha ha look at the asshole" -- or else "Ha ha look at the pathetic haggard washed-up scary female celebrity whom it's fun to mock and, oh, she really needs to hang it up" -- and why are they the subject of a metafilter FPP?"

I think we all agree it's more "look how sad this woman is" than "look at this asshole.

And it is an excellent counterpoint to Rihanna's full on awesomeness.
posted by I am the Walrus at 6:17 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


The proposing guy looks like the dude in Pawn Stars. Is it?
posted by mullacc at 6:43 AM on July 19, 2011


This makes me want to find some Rihanna music to listen to.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:55 AM on July 19, 2011


I loooooove What's My Name? ft. Drake. I can't say I understand why she's asking over and over for confirmation of her name, but, eh, whatever, I like the beat. And this video clued me into all the fuss over Drake.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:04 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't blame Britney for her awkward photoshoots at all really.

After you have a certain amount of celebrity, it's just fucking exhausting to deal with people demanding your time.


You know that people are often paying hundreds of dollars to get into these meet and greets, right? If you don't want to take pictures with your fans, don't sell them tickets that guarantees a solo picture with you. It's a pretty simple equation.

And yes, Rhianna has earned herself a spot in my "cool celebrities" list. That dude grabbing her ass is CLASSIC. Her music I could take or leave.
posted by antifuse at 7:08 AM on July 19, 2011


You know that people are often paying hundreds of dollars to get into these meet and greets, right? If you don't want to take pictures with your fans, don't sell them tickets that guarantees a solo picture with you. It's a pretty simple equation.

Britney kind of doesn't have a choice. Her dad still controls her life and finances, with the assistance of the courts.
posted by empath at 7:16 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


I would frame this and put it on my mantle.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:52 AM on July 19, 2011


Is this where I mention that I have a pair of underwear signed by Ron Jeremy, framed, on my living room wall? Because, when I met Ron Jeremy at a meet-and-greet, I didn't hug him, or grab his ass, or propose to my girlfriend, but I did have him autograph my underwear.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:57 AM on July 19, 2011


What's he like, MrMoonPie? Ever since he did a two-page spread dressed up like Super Mario for an NYC indie video game rag (Google it, I'm at work) I've always thought he must be delightful.
posted by griphus at 7:59 AM on July 19, 2011


Griphus, I designed that spread.
posted by The Whelk at 8:02 AM on July 19, 2011 [10 favorites]


Incredibly insecure and emotionally needy. It was the local premiere of his biopic, which paints him as incredibly insecure and emotionally needy, and there he was, taking audience questions and such, and just begging us to like him. He went way over the allotted time, then let us all get our pictures taken, very friendly and talkative and goofing around.
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:04 AM on July 19, 2011


Andrew W.K. does a 3 hour meet and greet in every venue's parking lot after the show.
posted by Beardman at 8:05 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Beardman: Andrew W.K. does a 3 hour meet and greet in every venue's parking lot after the show.

Which Andrew W.K.?
posted by LiliaNic at 8:29 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


This, surely, is the zenith of anti-hoverhand pics...

No, it's this one mit der boobengrabben. And don't call me Shirley.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:32 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am a Dead Head and have never taken to fancy Rihanna's music, but I love her easy going manner with her fans and on TV. Holy cow, if my kids could hear me now!! +1 for Rihanna being a cool person who lets random men grab her ass.

I would also like to tell a story about meeting Bob Weir after one of his shows with Rob Wasserman at the JCC in Marin County circa 1998. It was in the backyard by the swings. After the show when everyone was picking up their picnic supplies, Bob was standing by the classroom that served as his dressing room smoking cigs. I walked past him and said hello and thanks for the great show and he started a conversation that eventually lead to us discussing BMWs (he had a collection of older ones 2002s) and talking about a bar on Long Island he once played with Kingfish called My Father's Place that I first saw him. Nice guy who would have talked for a while if my wife hadn't nudged me along. I actually got the impression he was a little lonely and looking to have normal conversation.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:33 AM on July 19, 2011


Griphus, I designed that spread.

Do you know whatever happened to the magazine? I moved out of town for a few months and when I came back, it was like they never existed.
posted by griphus at 8:43 AM on July 19, 2011


It was published by the owners of Videogames New York (out of the apartment above it, on St. Marks) and sold pretty much only there. It was snot the ...best run company which is why I think I got a job there and when they moved off st. marks to 3rd street I think and then they just stopped.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 AM on July 19, 2011


When I was little, I met lots of TV celebrities -- although I was rather unimpressed by almost everyone at the time because I thought everyone got to meet people from TV all the time. I have more "they were nice" stories than "they were dicks" stories.

I think the majority of people -- even famous people -- are good folks. If you've had bad experiences with fans and/or paparazzi or you grew up with fame so you're not appreciative/excited to be famous, you're going to have a different attitude. And your handlers -- how comfortable you are with your bodyguards, how your manager preps you to act, etc. -- makes a huge difference as well.

(For the record, Mrs. Garrett from "Facts of Life" was a bitch. The nicest is a tie between Billy Barty, Weird Al and Bob Barker.)
posted by Gucky at 8:51 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tori Amos was incredibly nice when I saw her on the Little Earthquakes tour. I ran into her outside the venue before the show, and she introduced me to her parents. One of my happiest memories.
posted by cereselle at 8:55 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yeah, okay, so it's basically exactly what I thought. Although, I think it stopped publishing before that; I worked at Freaks from '04-'06 and it was definitely gone by then.
posted by griphus at 8:56 AM on July 19, 2011


Mike Watt bought me a beer after I told him I'd used a Minutemen quote in my wedding vows.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:02 AM on July 19, 2011 [7 favorites]


Also, I want to organize a SWAT team of ladies in black outfits and we'll go steal her and take her to some kind of healing oasis and she can just wander around and be blank-minded or whatever and nobody will try to make her wear things or simper or gyrate or be virginal and whorish.

Britney: Shall I go now?
Ivy: If you wish.
posted by en forme de poire at 9:06 AM on July 19, 2011


I'm not going to mention the douchey people i've met (*cough*Oakenfold*cough), but the nicest 'famous' people in dance music I've met are probably Pete Tong, Crystal Method, Eric Prydz and John '00' Fleming. I also hung out at Denny's the guys from Good Charlotte after a show for like 20 people at a comic book store in their home town...
posted by empath at 9:07 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Do webcartoonists count as famous people?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:08 AM on July 19, 2011


most decidedly not.
posted by The Whelk at 9:09 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


The record store I worked at in college hosted a lot of instore appearances and performances, and we were frequently given backstage passes or passes to afterparties, so I had tons of opportunities to mingle with rock stars. Luckily, the first few we did were with artists I didn't care much about, so I got to see them as real people who just happened to have tons of slavering fans--by the time we hosted an artist I was really into a couple months after I started there, I was able to see them as a person first. I got one or two autographs in the beginning but didn't bother after that, and my memories of most of those events are of the artists as just people who like to have their work praised and like to talk about other stuff too, with about the same ratio of nice/friendly to grumpy/unfriendly as the rest of the population.

So to me, the Rihanna pictures really are awesome as an example of an person going out of her way to make someone's day--again, making a real effort to make a moment meaningful is as rare with celebrities as it is with everyone else, and something we all could work on a little bit harder.
posted by padraigin at 9:18 AM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nowadays, with facebook and the proliferation of camera phones, it's like, who doesn't have a photo with [insert celebrity here]?

Yeah, I wondered about that when a friend on Facebook used some website that plastered your facial features onto somebody else's head to produce a photo of him standing next to Paris Hilton. It seemed an odd thing to do because at least four of my friends had previously posted pictures of themselves actually standing next to Paris Hilton.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:28 AM on July 19, 2011


I can't say I understand why she's asking over and over for confirmation of her name, but...

I get the whole needing confirmation of your name, but if you're going to ask anything this question, it shouldn't be a banana.

(Bananas being inveterate liars.)
posted by seanyboy at 9:31 AM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


most decidedly not.

Oh thank god.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:31 AM on July 19, 2011


I played co-op Simpsons arcade game with Weird Al at the Wunderland video arcade in Eugene OR when I was a younger man. He was there with his girlfriend - had just played the Lane County Fair I'm guessing, and was pretty mean with Homer... Cool cool guy.
posted by stenseng at 10:10 AM on July 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


I went to Las Vegas on crutches, having had major knee surgery, had a crummy time, flew back, was crutching through LAX past the gates, saw... Ray Charles waiting for a flight. Ray Charles!

In the space of a few seconds I thought, "Wow! It'd be fun to say hello and express appreciation for his work. But maybe it would be bothering him. But he's just sitting there waiting for a plane; it wouldn't be like talking to someone while they're eating. He's said to be a nice, easy-going guy. Why not? Why not?"

So I went on over, apologized in advance if I was bothering him, related something about wanting to let him know how much I enjoyed his music, that my mom and I generally had very different tastes in music, but we both liked his songs. BLAMO! Million-dollar Ray Charles smile and kind words of appreciation for my comments.

That was going on 15 years ago and it's a treasured memory.
posted by ambient2 at 11:11 AM on July 19, 2011 [6 favorites]


What I like about Rihanna is that apparently it's okay to grope her upon first meeting her.

No, what I like about these photos with Rihanna and fans groping her is I bet my ass (which is admittedly nowhere as gropeworthy as hers) that SHE is the one suggesting the goofy 'let's grope each other's ass' poses for pictures.

Though as a woman my favourite is also the "boobengrabben" one.
posted by bitteschoen at 11:22 AM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I have nothing to add to this except God Damn but do I love Rihanna.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:59 AM on July 19, 2011


Go see Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman opened for Kings of Convenience at a (relatively) small show in my city last year, and he was really nice and friendly. He played an hour-long set. He even joined KoC on stage later on and it was just really fun. Good vibes all around. There was an after party at another venue - it was too far and getting too late so I decided to go home - but I heard that the ones who stayed ended up having drinks with them (Lekman and Erlend) and just talking til the wee hours of the morning.

I love it when the people you admire and support from a distance are really kind and genuine up-close, and haven't turned into dickheads because of their success.
posted by pleasebekind at 2:36 PM on July 19, 2011


Wow, Britney looks scary. In that "could be one of the Real Housewives and 50 years old in too much makeup" kind of way. And I thought I looked frozen in forced pics. That poor girl.
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:18 PM on July 19, 2011


My site once gave away a Meet and Greet with Grace Jones, and another did something similar with Danzig. Both of those would take way more courage than I have.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 4:16 PM on July 19, 2011


My site once gave away a Meet and Greet with Grace Jones, and another did something similar with Danzig. Both of those would take way more courage than I have.

I'm pretty sure I've told my Danzig meet-and-greet story every time it's been even tangentially relevant in a thread, so let me just cut to the point: courage is not necessary. He's the size of a He-Man action figure.
posted by padraigin at 5:51 PM on July 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


For real, Glenn Danzig is wee, and I cannot think he is scary now that I've seen that one pic of him walking through a parking lot carrying kitty litter. Dude has a kitty. You know he secretly snorgles that kitty belly whenever he gets a chance, and that is like the polar opposite of intimidating.
posted by palomar at 6:02 PM on July 19, 2011 [5 favorites]


Sort of related to the Graham Norton clip above, this is one of my favorite Rihanna moments - she's so cute and slightly befuddled, and the entire episode was surreal. (Though truth, it's my only Rihanna moment, because prior to that I can't say I was a huge fan. She seems genuinely sweet though.)
posted by librarianamy at 6:04 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


Also, I've never been a huge Rihanna fan but now I totally want to go to a meet and greet with her. Performers who can be goofy and playful with their fans like that are so fucking awesome, and sadly kind of rare.
posted by palomar at 6:05 PM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was waiting in the line for the flight from NYC to Casablanca, and a short blonde woman was just in front of me in line. She looked extremely familiar, so I chatted with her a bit - she was headed to Marrakech for a wedding. I still couldn't figure out where I knew her from, though - I meet lots of people travelling through Morocco, so I figured it had to be something like that.

As we were boarding and putting our bags up on the overhead bins (yes, she was in coach), I said "Have you ever worked in film or television?" She replied, "Yes, you may have seen me in something." I had to head back to my seat, though, so I didn't get to ask her what that might have been.

I stewed over it for the whole 7 hour flight, and couldn't come up with anything. Finally, as we were headed off the plane into the terminal, I saw her standing off to the side with a friend, waiting for someone. A lightbulb finally flashed in my brain, and I said, "AMY in LITTLE WOMEN!!!" She actually looked sort of disgusted, gave me the pointy gun finger, and said "Yep, you got it."

I went on my way, kicking myself later for mentioning *that* role, when I could have mentioned any of the other things that SAMANTHA MATHIS was in.
posted by HopperFan at 7:44 PM on July 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


I went on my way, kicking myself later for mentioning *that* role, when I could have mentioned any of the other things that SAMANTHA MATHIS was in.

Sadly, none of them things was "my huggy arms at hug time (for huggin)"
:(
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:26 PM on July 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Britney kind of doesn't have a choice. Her dad still controls her life and finances, with the assistance of the courts.

So what, her father is forcing her to go on tour, with the threat of taking away her money/children if she doesn't? That's a pretty big leap. If she doesn't want to tour, or doesn't want to make records, or doesn't want to do meet and greets with her fans, she could always just say "No, fuck it." I'm sure there's a certain aspect of fame whoring/doing it for the cash in her personality that is keeping her on the road, and I'm sure there's *also* an element of stage parenting going on, encouraging her to keep doing it even though she is *clearly* just phoning it in these days (my wife went to see her on her last tour, said it was a pretty ridiculously lame show).
posted by antifuse at 6:40 AM on July 22, 2011


Basically he owns her
posted by The Whelk at 6:56 AM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sure, he controls all her money. I haven't seen anything reported anywhere to say that he is forcing her to tour though. I'm perfectly willing to admit that I could be wrong on this one, but somehow I don't think Brit Brit is doing all this recording and touring entirely against her will. I'm sure she's being pushed to do the meet and greets, but I have a feeling the argument goes a bit more like this:

Brit: "I don't WANT to do these meet and greets. I'm tired, my fans are creepy, it just makes me feel WEIRD"
Jamie: "But we're making hundreds of thousands of dollars off these meet and greets!"
Brit: "FINE." *stomps off to dressing room and slams door*
posted by antifuse at 7:31 AM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm with you, antifuse. I don't believe her father is forcing her to tour.
posted by sweetkid at 9:28 AM on July 22, 2011


Britney's hands and neck are freaking me out

It looks like she has personal space issues. Which is not surprising given.

when I could have mentioned any of the other things that SAMANTHA MATHIS was in

She will always be Nora Diniro to me.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:15 AM on July 26, 2011


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