Rolling Stone's most recent issue has Rihanna on the cover, with an accompanying profile by contributing editor Josh Eells. For the piece, Eells goes to a comedy show with the loudly expressive pop star, waits two hours to eat spaghetti with her, and grills the expert decision-maker about rekindling her love affair with Chris Brown, who is "disgusted" by his past behavior, Ri swears. (If you'd like to be filled with unspeakable rage, by all means, her Chris Brown quotes are here.) But there's another very important aspect of Rihanna's recent past that's addressed in the story, over a plate of calamari: the infamous Rihanna Plane.
Apparently Rihanna had a "great time" on the Rihanna Plane. She insists she had no idea the Rihanna Plane ever teetered on the edge of becoming Lord of the Flies Plane. It was the Rihanna Fun Plane, in her mind, not the Rihanna Starvation and Sleep-Deprivation Plane.
From the Rolling Stone feature, which unfortunately isn't freely online in its entirety:
I asked if she'd been following the drama online.
"What?" she says, like it's first time hearing of it. "I knew a couple of people got worked up, but only found out toward the end."
You didn't hear about the rest? They couldn't sleep, they didn't have food, it smelled bad. . . there was almost a riot!
"On the plane?" she says. "That's crazy!"
In that case, what was it like for her? "Oh I had a great time," she says. "The fun never stopped for me. I enjoyed every minute of it. And it definitely brought a lot of awareness to the album—which was the whole point."
Oh right. The Rihanna Plane was not the Rihanna Reporting Plane or the Rihanna Exclusive Access Plane, it was the Rihanna Raising Awareness Plane, as if Unapologetic was a string of human-rights violations or a medical condition that needs research funding. And that momentary confusion that the junket was some sort of journalism experience? Not Rihanna's fault. She had a great time!