It's all well and good when Rihanna is pouring you champagne and giving away diamonds. Just days ago, journalists were issuing cheerful dispatches from the singer's extravagant seven-day, seven-country jaunt around the world. But after several tiring, chaotic days on board a plane with no face-to-face Rihanna access, journalists and fans of the 777 Tour are revolting.
According to E! News, the press gaggle has taken to protests chants, shouting "Save our jobs!" and "Just one quote!" from the back of the plane. One Australian radio host took it a step further, streaking naked down the aisle of the Delta 777 on the way to London. FUSE TV captured the moment on video:
"We were looking for a story, and we turned out to BE the story," explains FUSE TV correspondent Esteban Serrano in the video.
Everyone is delirious to the point where we are chanting random things. One guy from Australia has streaked stark naked throughout the entire plane! Everyone is up with their cameras rolling waiting for a glimpse at Rihanna. We don't know if it's going to pay off, but we're all ready!
MTV Style reporters Mary HK Choi and Maud Dietch have described "pandemonium" on the plane, with Deitch jokingly preparing for a journo revolution.
Here's a few dispatches direct from the mutiny:
Original post, with journalists in happier times, below.
Save our jobs. #RihannaPlane— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) November 19, 2012
Mutiny? Check. Last night, we chanted in unison till IDJ came out & side-eyed us. Best chant? 'Save our jobs.' Oh someone streaked #777tour— e. (@3rika) November 19, 2012
From Friday, Nov. 16: Rihanna invited 200 journalists onto a Delta 777 for a whirlwind "777 Tour," a seven-country, seven-concert, seven-day (get it?) traveling musical bonanza from Mexico City to New York. The tour precedes the release of her seventh album, "Unapologetic," due out November 19. Based on tweets, photos and dispatches from the tour's giddy journalists and fans, everyone's having a pretty good time, including Rihanna herself.
Popdust's Julieanne Smolinski, one of the lucky journalists on board, posted a photo of the exclusive invite to Rihanna's "rock n' roll fantasy." "I know that when it's over the 777 tour will be on eof the coolest things I have ever done," the star said.
According to E! Online, Rihanna left first class to rub shoulders with everyone on the plane on the first leg of their journey to Mexico City. Photos and video show Rihanna walking up and down the aisles with cognac and champagne.
The 24-year-old Bajan songstress also took to the PA System, MTV reported: "Ladies and gentlemen, there is an emergency code f***ing 777. Who's ready for Mexico? Who's ready for tequila?."
Plus they're drinking free Ace of Spades champagne:
And oh yeah, getting diamonds:
The 777 Tour will also hit Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York City.