Sunday, August 25, 2013

Brandy doesn't quite deny the empty stadium story

You'll recall the sad tale of how Brandy, coming on stage at a gig after a sporting event in honour of Nelson Mandela, discovered the 90,000 venue had just 40 people left in it.

Brandy is now frantically putting her side of the story:

Brandy’s representative released a statement to
“She was booked at the last minute to fly to South Africa to support a ’cause’–not a concert. It was a cause that honored ‘Mr. Nelson Mandela’ and there were other performers on the bill besides Brandy. She attended because she wanted to support the foundation and Mr. Mandela… a man who has changed history.

This whole story has been blown out of proportion and Brandy has sold-out shows across the world including South Africa before.”
Just before we weigh this up, let's not try to judge "Brandy's representative" for calling him Mr. Nelson Mandela, winding up making him sound like he was Mr. Peanut or Mr. Clutch.

I say "Brandy's representative"; I suspect what we're talking about here is Brandy using her other gmail address.

What's especially delicious about this response is that it doesn't, at any point, reject the central claims of the story, and actually just endorses all the details in it. It's kind of like being told you've got spaghetti sauce on your face, and countering that you ordered spaghetti from the a la carte menu, not the cheaper lunch menu, and have washed your face many times in the past.