Apparently, “many” Britney Spears fans were disappointed after paying a staggering $2,500 to meet her for a “quick 3-second photo-op” VIP package recently in Las Vegas, which came with a ticket, T-shirt and poster, Radar Online reports.
Radar says fans were told not to touch or hug her without permission, they couldn’t give her gifts, and, “The wig was painfully obvious one night and it was just so sad.”
Stars’ meet-and-greet prices have become off-putting. Miley Cyrus charges $1,000, Ke$ha $500, Selena Gomez $400 and Taylor Swift $350, Radar reports.
In November, a Justin Bieber fan posted a video of a $1,000-plus meet-and-greet with fans in Brazil, where he reportedly made them wait three hours before he showed up dull and in sunglasses for a “factory line” of impersonal three-second walk-throughs where fans were manhandled in and out by security.
By Sunday night, Radar’s Britney story got picked up by media across the world, plus the Twitter multiverse. Is this good exposure for Britney, Vegas or the Strip? No. It’s a short-term and long-term harm factor for the major parties involved.
Personally, I think Planet Hollywood should offer fans “three-second meet-and-greets” only after fans have seen the show. Would post-show fans still want to pay those prices?
Britney’s slippery entrance into Vegas reminds me of an interview I just heard Roseanne give on the Joe Rogan podcast.
Roseanne — a megastar in the 1990s — said big stars “can’t trust anybody.”
“They’re just around so many vultures and creapazoids, they don’t know if they’re coming or going,” Roseanne said.
On top of that, the paparazzi isn’t helpful, Roseanne said:
“The media — they want to stalk you, ’cause they want to destroy you on camera, because that would be some good ratings.”
Roseanne said fame “destroyed my nervous system,” just as George Harrison said it damaged his nervous system.
“I don’t know if I’m still me,” Roseanne said. “It (fame) is a lot of pressure. It’s not fun. I admire people that are handling it well. But once you get up to that certain level — a lot of people don’t survive that level.”
Considering Britney’s Vegas life in the light of Roseanne’s wisdom, here’s my takeaway: Fame is corrosive to the lives of artists, their hangers-on, and their fans, the end.
Former Vegas reporter Steve Friess has written a big story on America.Aljazeera.com about how Vegas is losing “untold millions” because Nevada’s unconstitutional constitutional ban against gay marriage is sending gay couples to other tourism destinations, even though they want to get married here.
Last week, I said Bruno Mars partied at Rose.Rabbit.Lie after his New Year’s Eve show. I misread my email. Mars was not there; he had just finished his concert in the Cosmopolitan, and rapper Common went to Rose.
I LOVE CONSTANT NOISE, APPARENTLY
Actor Kevin Kline tells London’s Guardian newspaper he came to Vegas to shoot “Last Vegas,” and he will never return.
“Everyone looked so miserable. I would see these couples pushing babies in strollers through the casinos like zombies. It was horrible.” He said our “constant noise” is “not my idea of tranquility.”
Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.