Fox making a documentary about Rihanna's disastrous 777 tour

Journalists were practically held captive on Rihanna's airplane during the 7-day tour

Published March 18, 2013 9:42PM (EDT)

Fox will be making a documentary about Rihanna's now-infamous 777 tour, which made headlines last year when 256 fans and journalists were more or less held captive on a 777 jet with Rihanna as she spent a week performing around the world.

The documentary is meant to give a behind-the-scenes look at the entire promotional event for her 7th album, "Unapologetic," which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200. The publicity, though unflattering, paid off: Her single, “Diamonds” topped Billboard Hot 100 the day after the tour ended.

A Gawker post, written anonymously by one of the journalists on board, offers a glimpse into what the documentary might cover (or not cover):

"I hesitate to say that she looked visibly drunk or generally "on some of the hard shit" during her performances, so let me just say that we came to expect a three hour delay before she went on every night."

"A frequent complaint on the trip? Some variation of 'I want a glass of water so badly, but I guess I should be glad I don't, because then I'd have to pee.' "

"It is hard to pee when you are trapped on a bus with no bathrooms for hours and hours because you don't know when you can board your plane. I get the vitriol being directed at the press here. We're on a free trip to Europe (fun!) and with Rihanna (again, theoretically fun!) and drink from the jet's copious Ace supply (D.C. al Fine!). But if being upset that we couldn't work, drink water or piss regularly makes us privileged dicks, I guess we're privileged dicks."

"But please picture what it would be like going to your job if there was no toilet, kitchen, water fountain, faucet, or lunch break, and instead of going home at the end of the night, they made you wait standing up in an airport while the person responsible for determining when you go home laid around getting fucked up and wearing European money like pasties. (Ed. note: See above.)"

Fox will premiere the documentary May 6.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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