This article, written by Vinay Menon for the Toronto Star embodies everything you love to hate about celebrity. Menon covered the release for Selena Gomez’s upcoming album Stars Dance. Some of the highlights include:
Strolling into The Hazelton Hotel in Yorkville, [Menon] text[s] Selena Gomez’s publicist.
Minutes earlier, as I was parking, she had texted another warning […] “Just want to stress again how important it is to not ask any Bieber questions or anything even relating to relationships. It’s all about the music today.”
Right. The music.
Gomez is in town to talk about her new album, . The rules of engagement are as follows: 1. I have 10 minutes to ask my questions. 2. These questions must dodge the superficial ephemera that often propel the 20-year-old into the gossip cycle: her looks, her friends, her clothes and, most frequently, her on-off-on-really-off relationship with Justin Bieber.
But there’s a problem: it’s the last day of May and the new album won’t be released until July 23 (this story was written under embargo). With the exception of “Come and Get It,” a track released early as a video, I have not heard “the music.”
What I can say is that it’s another example of how celebrities dictate their interactions with the media to the point that it’s now becoming a restriction of free speech […] SOME celebrities will do away with that bullsh-t and actually behave like human beings, speak to the reporter as a human being, as all human beings should. MOST of them however, including Selena Gomez here, will allow their people to elevate them, without merit, to a position of power over the person who is SUPPOSED TO BE HELPING THEM PROMOTE THEIR PRODUCT. And this is what happens.