So here’s Adele accepting her award. And, well, some sh-t went down:
She’s thanking her people and her fans, and the host, James Corden, at the direction of the directors and producers in the truck, interrupted her for the next performance. She graciously thanks him and wraps it up...and then she sticks her middle finger up in the air.
Adele explained her gesture afterwards as follows:
“I was about to thank the British public for their support. They cut me off, sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me. I got cut off during my speech and flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the BRIT Awards, not to my fans.”
You know what’s amazing about Adele though?
She threw up the finger and the network AND the Brits actually APOLOGISED TO HER.
Statement from ITV: “The BRITs is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption.”
Statement from the BRIT Awards: “We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her.”
Anyone else flips off the audience and they rain piss all over them. Adele does it and ... she is DEFENDED. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to criticise Adele, no, no, never. I LOVE that she got away with something a lot of others would never have gotten away with. If this had been someone else, we would all be bitching that while she was wronged, there had to have been a more acceptable reaction...
So in class today, at the Faculty of Celebrity Studies at a liberal arts university in New England, we’d be discussing how Adele did that so much better than the rest. Is it as simple as being so naturally endearing and authentic with the talent to back up her personality? Is that part of it in combination with something else? Let me put this out there, just to stir up some sh-t: if she looked any different, would the result still be the same? Fame and Celebrity require two way participation. In some cases, how we react to Fame and Celebrities says just as much about us, as the audience, than it does about them.