The risk of Victoria’s Secret in China

Gigi Hadid Victoria's Secret

It was always going to be contentious hosting the Victoria’s Secret show in China. And now word is out that both Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid and a whole host of other models have been denied visa entry because they’re not deemed ‘suitable role models’. And so this late in the game, the Victoria’s Secret show is missing quite a few people. The costume designers probably have ulcers just thinking about refittings.

I honestly have no idea what the VS team were thinking, but I assume that greed (and potential sales!) completely blinded them to the realities of hosting a lingerie show in a communist country.   Continue reading

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Which queen reigns supreme?

The VMAs are coming up and so the pop queens of the world (and their PR companies) are dropping things left, right and centre. Let’s do a dive.

LADY GAGA:

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I’m alone Brandon every night. And all these people will leave. Right? They will leave. And then I’ll be alone. And I go from everyone touching me all day, talking at me all day, to total silence.

Lady Gaga is set to release her new Netflix tour documentary and it looks to be in the vein of KP’s Part of Me, where they rip the bandaid open on how emotional draining it is to be a popstar.

It’s not hard to see why fame and adulation would go straight to your head. Imagine thousands of people chanting your name every night, making you feeling loved like a queen and then going online (or to a bar) to find people don’t like the way your face looks, or what you wore or who you’re dating. The highs and lows must be tremendous. Unless you’re incredibly well-balanced and/or you have an excellent support group, I can see why that could do things to you.

Lady Gaga to her credit, has always been incredibly upfront about her sexual assault, PTSD, eating disorders and depression. She seems to be the most emotionally fragile of all the pop stars. Especially after this, I want to give her several hugs and share a cheesecake with her.

KATY PERRY:

Speaking of Ms Perry, what in the world is this?

For whatever her faults, Katy nearly always gives us interesting music videos. (I have a special fondness for Roar) but between this, Bon Appetit and Chained to the Rhythm, Katy needs a new clip director. This is Space Jam with Katy Perry. It’s not a compliment. It’s actively terrible. I actually sort of like Swish Swish as a song, but if you’re going to release a video clip, the day before Tay releases her new single. You come at the queen, you best not miss.

TAYLOR SWIFT:

Wow. This took me a few listens and I still don’t know where I am with this. The beat is amazing and those lyrics are killer “Honey, I rose up from the dead. I do it all the time.” but that chorus is …flat? I had an expectation that it would spiral upwards to reflect rage. Apparently, it’s sampling “I’m too sexy” which is an exceptionally odd choice of song (and to be honest, I’m too sexy is not even a very good song to begin with.)

Some of it is, is adjusting to new Taylor (who is alive, she asserts) and is an entirely different thing to cookie-baking, cat-loving, country-singing Taylor. Look at the evolution from Mean to Shake it off to Look what you made me do – she’s Cersei-ing out right in front of our eyes. If you think about it, it’s quite sad that she no longer feels like sweet Taylor. I’m still on the fence as to whether the song is empowering or not. It might take me a few more listens.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN:

EW (and I) are adamant that is the song of summer (Sorry Despacito, go away). If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t deny your soul the lift. Do it. It’s the best.

What do you think? How’s your pop culture day going?

The return of Kabloom

Katy Perry Orlando Bloom reunited

So now that Witness has sunk into the ocean (no-one can tell if it’s done well or not, none of the three singles have cracked the top 40 yet it debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. It’s also sold half the sales of Prism) Katy Perry is ramping up the visibility for her upcoming tour.

Last week, there was speculation that Katy and Rob Pattinson were together after they were seen out and about having dinner in LA. Katy and Rob have apparently been friends for ages and they’re both pushing products (movies/tour), so it’s mutually beneficial thing for them to be seen having a good time with each other. No-one really believed it but it made good headline.

This week however is a different story with the return of Kabloom. Katy was spotted in Orlando Bloom’s lap at an Ed Sheeran concert, nuzzling and getting it on. This is significant for two reasons:
a) This is a public announcement that she’s back together with Bloom. If they were looking to keep it quiet, they would not be caressing where everyone can see them.

b) I find it interesting that their reunion debut is at an Ed Sheeran concert, and not at Dave Chapelle’s Radio City gig. Ed Sheeran is one of Taylor Swift’s best friends, she helped launch his career, what is this if not a dig? I don’t believe this was a coincidence.

If they want to get back together, fine. It’s fine as long as I don’t have to see them paddle-boarding ever again.

UPDATE:

I completely wiped from my mind that this happened. Ugh. Was it that long ago?

Onions and bananas: Katy Perry and Chris Martin at Glastonbury

Katy Perry’s PR march of doom continues as Lorde’s Melodrama takes on Witness in hand-to-hand combat. You can guess who will win this one in the long game.

Katy Perry Glastonbury

So last night it came up on a news segment (THE NEWS!) that Katy was in Glastonbury, doing some sets and crowd surfing while she was at it. Fine. Whatever floats everyone’s boat. I was just relieved that it wasn’t another piece about her livestreaming event or another bit on how much she’s growing into the real Katy Perry.

This morning, the Sun (so please with some salt), is reporting that Katy Perry and Chris Martin were making out at Glastonbury. I can’t think of another combination that’s more vomit-inducing. Onions and bananas maybe? It was also reporting that Chris was making out with Dua Lipa the day previously, so  possibly he’s doing that festival thing where you get it on with inappropriate randos, just because you can.

If I can get over the bad taste in my mouth, I’m fairly sure that is this a cynical PR ploy to once again drum up more attention to Katy and Witness. Kissing him right in the middle of promoting a new album seems terribly convenient to me. You’ll get more press, I’m not sure you’ll get more sales.

Your weekly Katy Perry update

Katy Perry is on a PR rampage so wherever you go there she is, whether you like it or not. That’s fine, that’s the nature of marketing, make sure every last person sees or hears you, but man alive, I am over her. We’re on her “purposeful pop” phase and purposeful pop works if you back it up and you’re Joni Mitchell. Otherwise neither Chained to the Rhythm or Bon Appetit fits into whatever she’s trying to sell.

Katy Perry Swish PR

Anyway her marketing team has been hard at it this week:

  • She’s released her new set of shoes. They are hideous. The box is cute?
  • Carpool karaoke with James Corden:  I sat through all 9 minutes of this ( I want my 9 minutes back!) you don’t learn anything about her other than it’s again all about the Taylor feud and it’s eye-rollingly irritating. “She started it and it’s time for her to finish it.” That is the response of a sulky 15 year old.
    And then she goes on about how women should come together. Sigh. If I were to give her some benefit of the doubt, I would suggest that Corden’s team edited the video to make her look like a petulant harpy and that there were many things that she might have talked about positively (Hilary Clinton, world peace, gay rights?) that ended up on the cutting room floor. However, you would also think that her own team had some say in how it was put together and if her team vetted that, she needs new marketing people stat.
  • Released her new single ‘Swish’ with Nicki Minaj. I sense a running theme here. It’s going to be a loooooong PR train if you can’t find something else to talk about.
  • Signed onto to be a judge for the new American Idol on ABC. I guess that means another season for Katy PR? Please kill me.

Katy Perry’s new Bon Appetit video is half-baked

In a nutshell, Katy’s new video has her literally cooked, she’s floured, basted, boiled and covered in spices to be served on a platter to .. rich men and Migos? These chefs know nothing about cooking. You don’t boil meat after you flour it. Der. You deep fry.

Katy Perry Bon Appetit

I have no idea what the clip is trying to say, it’s a mess. It’s supposed to be some campy, pro-sexual, empowerment message that ends up with her on a pole. It just comes off gross and whoever thought up this concept needs to be fired (is it the same team that came up with that stupid Chained to the Rhythm Disneyland clip?). Sorry Katy, try again.

MET gala 2017: Coachella with bad gowns

I’m very cranky with MET gala 2017. I realise that the Kardashification of our culture means now more than ever, we will see people who are famous for not-doing-much and I AM making my peace with it.

Bella Hadid Met Gala 2017
That is more than I ever need to see of freaking Bella Hadid.

However given that apparently Anna Wintour cut people from MET gala 2017 to make it more exclusive (I’m sorry Coca, you are worth so much more), I expected the invite list to be so much better.

Of course, the expectation was that Beyoncé, Rihanna, SJP, and Madonna would all make an appearance as with previous years (this year: no, yes, no, yes.). But this year there was a lot of people-who-don’t-do-much – Hailey Baldwin, Sophia Richie, Rita Ora, Jaden Smith (holding his cut dreadlocks no less), Paris Jackson, and then an entire section of people who have no real association with fashion – Joe Jonas, Yolanda Hadid (wtf), Diplo, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa (!) the list goes on and on.

Everyone was terribly dressed (see above image) and no-one followed the theme at all except maybe Rihanna and Zendaya. So basically it was Coachella with bad gowns.

Kylie Jenner Instagram Bathroom Selfie MET gala

Why not invite people with interesting taste that love fashion, who might be able to interpret the themes. How about Cate Blanchett? How about Victoria Beckham? Nicole Kidman is almost always wearing something thought-provoking, she would have nailed the brief. In other words for the love of God, INVITE FASHION PEOPLE. Geez. I lay my crankiness squarely at your feet Katy Perry and Anna Wintour.