With 200 rock and roll journalists from around the world aboard pop star Rihanna’s promotional jet tour, it had to be the Australian reporter who caused a potentially explosive ‘‘mid air’’ situation.
Melbourne’s Fox FM morning announcer Michael Christian and his harmonica have made international headlines after his interminable playing aboard Rihanna’s champagne-fuelled flight to seven cities in seven days drove fellow passengers to despair.
Website Gawker reported: ‘‘Granted, some Australian guy on the plane was playing a harmonica, which is internationally recognized as grounds for justified homicide.’’
MTV reporter Maude Deitch tweeted: ‘‘This Australian motherf***er with the harmonica on the plane is about to get murked.’’
On his blog, an excitable Christian wrote: "From the moment we departed Los Angeles there was music BLASTING, people singing, cameras everywhere, oh, and Rihanna serving drinks! Rihanna moved up and down the aisle playing the part of an air-hostess (she poured something down my throat from the bottle, still trying to figure out what is was) and stopped to give her impression of an Aussie accent."
However, discontent among the media contingent has been growing since the jet first took off, the main complaint - in contrast to Christian's report - being the lack of exposure to the celebrity cargo it is promoting: Rihanna.
‘‘It hasn’t helped matters that the plane has been plagued by travel issues and a conspicuous lack of RiRi, whose heavenly scent is no longer keeping the journos sedated. Words being thrown around include ‘defeated’, ‘restless’, ‘mutiny’ and ‘survival mode’,’’ reports Gawker.
Rihanna’s Boeing 777 is carrying hundreds of journalists, fans, contest winners, Rihanna handlers and Rihanna herself on a seven-day, seven-country promotional tour.
Rolling Stone’s Jeff Rosenthal reports: ‘‘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.’’