First Bieber, now Gaga. In the last 10 days there have been two major celebrity on-stage barfing incidents in the news.
Is this a trend?
Justin Bieber spewed in concert in Arizona, kicking off his big new tour by upchucking on the stage in front of fans. Yergghh. The Biebs claimed afterward that eating pasta and drinking milk before the show were not great choices on his part.
In our experience, little children all over the world eat spaghetti and drink milk and then climb trees and hang upside down on the monkey bars and they don't vomit, but never mind -- who would fib on a tour called 'Believe', right?
In Barcelona over the weekend, Lady Gaga was in the middle of singing The Edge Of Glory when she tossed her cookies. (News reports said Gaga tried to hide from view behind a dancer; ewwwww! Is splatter-shield part of those dancers' job descriptions?)
This was major yakking, with four heaves on record, which we know and can view thanks to all the good people who react to any sort of incident in life, good, bad or tragic, by shooting video. Should they wish to, fans can now watch Gaga chunder with gusto on the internet.
Some speculate that Lady Gaga is pregnant. Others wonder if she is trying to be inclusive in all things, and hurled to show solidarity with her fellow artist, Bieber. And some assume that blowing chunks is just a new chapter in the endless visual display that is her trademark. It's all so riveting.
But it isn't new. Justin Bieber was ill and vomited at a concert in 2011 in the Philippines, although he managed to get off-stage before puking.
Rihanna likewise managed to flee from view before ralfing during a performance in Portugal last year. And who can forget Caleb Followill in Dallas, announcing during a Kings of Leon concert, "I'm gonna go backstage and I'm gonna vomit. I'm gonna drink a beer and I'm gonna come back out and play three more songs."? Not sure he made it backstage, but never mind.
In the past, Adele has said that she often throws up before concerts due to performance anxiety. Thus far, she has completed that technicolour yawn in private, but if celebrity vomiting turns out to be the new thing, that might change.
Tough not to wonder if reality television is somehow to blame for all this endless over-sharing. What's acceptable for public consumption, maybe not the best choice of words, is increasingly icky, and where once upon a time a famous person might want to show you jewelry or expensive cars, now they show you stomach contents.
Why this trend has erupted during concert performances remains a mystery.
But maybe in ancient times, when the Romans called their theatre passageways vomitoria, they were on to something?
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