So this past weekend, Demi Lovato has a concert stop in Brazil, where a fan threw a Barbie doll on stage for whatever reason (I’m going to go ahead and throw the word STAGED around right now, so if that offends you, please tune out for the moment). Demi, when “noticing” what had taken flight and ended up on stage, picked up the Barbie doll, shook it fiercely (I’m making that part up), and proceeded to tell the audience that Barbie dolls are just not cool. Demi said:
“I spent my whole life trying to be this and trying to look like this. And guess what? I’m not this. And it means the world to me that you guys still love me no matter what. I’ve been through so much in my 20 years of life. I know how you guys feel and I want to show you guys that you can get through it because I’m living proof right here.”
So, now, the reason I’m saying STAGED is because come on. Is it a thing now to throw Barbie dolls on stage during a concert? And if so, what’s it all supposed to mean? Is it supposed to be insulting? Because why would you pay upwards of $40 to see someone that you just want to insult? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Like me, for example … I wouldn’t pay to see Lana Del Rey in concert just so I could throw lozenges or paper bags up on stage, you know? STAGED. Totally, “Let’s throw a Barbie doll up on stage so Demi could make an inspirational announcement about how no one should aspire to be a Barbie doll.” I get the message, I do. And I think it’s a good, positive message. But it’s contrived, and I think it’d be much better received if, say, Demi just came out and said it, rather than paying a member of the crowd to toss a visual aid up on stage. Word, if I’m right on this STAGED thing?