“Coldplay & Rihanna’s video for ‘Princess of China’ isn’t terrible” links

Thoughts on Coldplay & Rihanna‘s new video for “Princess of China”? They know they‘re referencing the multi-armed gods and goddesses in Hinduism, right? And that‘s India. Not China. Otherwise, it‘s fine. [Bossip]
Yes, arranged marriages between children still happen in India. Sad. [Jezebel]
I really like Gwyneth Paltrow‘s outfit here. [INFDaily]
John Cusack drinks hand sanitizer with Jimmy Kimmel. [Seriously? OMG! WTF?]
Rosie O‘Donnell still thinks Lindsay Lohan is a crackhead. [I’m Not Obsessed]
This poor girl isn‘t allowed to go stag to her prom. Good God. [CDAN]
Tara Reid cares about her career, just not enough to stop partying. [Celebslam]
Pres. Obama covers the new issue of Rolling Stone. [Amy Grindhouse]
Is 24 the new age of adulthood? [LimeLife]
Dame Edna joined Jenny Craig! [PopBytes]
The Killers‘ saxophone player committed suicide. RIP. [Radar]
Jenny McCarthy talks Botox. [Life & Style]
Vintage Victoria‘s Secret. [Hollywood Rag]
30 Rock is doing another live episode tonight! [Celebs]
Vintage, pre-George-Clooney Stacy Keibler photos. [CityRag]
Julianne Hough is contractually obligated to talk about this. [Bitten and Bound]
Kim Kardashian photos of the day. [Starpulse]

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  1. lower-case deb says:

    Re: multi-armed goddesses,
    actually Buddhism also has the story of 1000a-armed Guanyin (goddess of mercy).

    also, one of the more well-known Chinese dance troupe is the all-deaf 1000-arms guanyin dance troupe (Disabled People’s Performing Arts Group)
    http://www.geekologie.com/2012/01/happy-chinese-new-year-the-1000-arm-danc.php

  2. RocketMerry says:

    I think it IS rather bad. I don’t know, maybe it’s just her. She’s so not likeable, which makes everything she does much, much less enjoyable.

    • Fairmaiden327 says:

      I agree. She was a cute young woman. After the beatdown, she rebelled like any other kid that isn’t a woman yet. The downward spiral is so sad to watch. Hope she makes it out of this OK.

    • Deryn says:

      No, it’s not just her. It’s pretty bad.

    • Ally says:

      Wow, so budget! She’s become quite dull. But at least we don’t have to look at Mr. Pastyface Paltrow.

    • Gimmeabreak says:

      Yeah, that video blows. Very unexciting. The song is simply “okay” but the video made me turn it off half way thru.
      And you’re right…she is very unlikabke. Perfect word choice.

  3. KJ says:

    Maybe it’s the resolution on my computer (not likely) but that video is really awkward and looks cheaply made. The way Rihanna stands against the screen looks like a cut and paste job, and her doing the same tired kind of geisha/kind of Hindu/Indian hand movements is just repetitive and boring. I must say, considering the two parties involved (Rihanna, for as terrible of a singer/dancer she is, has a very committed visual presence) it’s pretty disappointing.

    • Ari says:

      I agree. She looks terrible and this video is something you might see at an actual show if she was singing live but its a video – she should’ve been moving a whole lot more.

      • Kola says:

        I agree, it looks very cheap and boring, like she didnt even bother with the choreography or the outfit.

    • hatsumomo says:

      I think M.I.A. did it better with her “Jimmy” music video back in 2007.

  4. Red Granny says:

    more on the drag side of china … scarry brows, cheap looking wig…

  5. me says:

    Atleast Rihanna is pretty covered up. I like the song, video is ok. Hey remember that whole “rice cakes” twitter pic where people called her racist? Whatever happened with that?

    Kim looks nice in those pics. I like her hair like that, still don’t like her as a person though. Can’t believe she got invited to the White House with her mom, like really??? Did anyone see the pics of kim throwing pizza out the window in NYC yesterday…how immature.

  6. casey says:

    just being honest here.rhianna may have a beautiful body but she really has an unfortunate face.beyonce and halle berry are two of the most beautiful black woman for me. but rhianna is just fug.

    • DeE says:

      I think Rhianna’s face is stunning, but not with this heavy makeup look. TO ME her face has more appeal and beauty than the “my goal is to entice and incite jealousy” Beyonce (as pretty as she is). Halle on the other hand, wow. Though beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this here is the problem, comparing women’s beauty, something most males aren’t constantly subjected to and made to believe their esteem and persona is attached to their outward blessing and/or tweaks (appearance). Same with the popping coochie and trying to be a sex pot; world says it’s okay, but is it really okay for Beyonce and others to be doing that in front of their dad, nephew etc. As talented as she is and as tempting as it is to flaunt you feminine wiles, women shouldn’t knowingly intice men even though it is lucrative and a huge ego rush to be lusted after. Okay the end.

    • Jayna says:

      Rhianna is very, very pretty. And she is the sexiest pop star out there.

    • Lisa says:

      I wouldn’t call Rihanna unfortunate, just blah. She’s looking super druggy lately which doesn’t help.

  7. Nev says:

    I like Rihanna but it could’ve been done better with more enthusiasm…kinda yawn.

    madonna and janet jackson have better versions of the indi/china mish mash.

    they did it better.

  8. Samigirl says:

    My school had the same rules re: Prom. I had to scrounge up a (male) date last minute bc mine cancelled, and we weren’t allowed to go solo or with a girlfriend. This was 8 years ago, though, so I would assume that rules would have changed. I think it’s ridiculous for schools to make students take a date to prom. I just wanted to look pretty and hang out with my friends. Instead, my date brought me home at 8:30 when I made it perfectly clear that he was NOT going to get any action that night, and spent the evening eating pizza and watching The Nightmare Before Christmas with my dad. He told me it was the prettiest I’d ever looked in my pajamas :-)

    • NerdMomma says:

      That’s so weird! I’ve never even heard of that rule! I went to Catholic school, and for prom, some of us had dates, some didn’t, and we all just went. Being a Catholic school, some of the kids were planning to go into the priesthood or become nuns- not kidding here- and they did not date. But they still came to prom and had a blast. Why would a church that encourages celibacy insist on prom dates??

  9. Franny says:

    I’m 24 and in the last year, I really do feel I’m an adult now. I have a real job, my own health insurance, my own cell phone plan, and I just bought my first bad/mattress (ya know, not the one from middle school I’ve been sleeping on for over a decade). Ugh, adulthood – its about bills and sleeping.

  10. luls says:

    R u kidding me?

    It’s a cheap, lame, fug video.

  11. Jackson says:

    Only got through the first minute and a half. Boring song and even more boring video. I give it one ‘Meh.’

  12. skuddles says:

    RIP Tommy Marth. Always loved The Killers.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Live 30 Rock! I’m hoping Jon Hamm shows up again.

  14. Kermit says:

    It’s logical now that I think about how Photoshop didn’t exist in 1979, but I have to admit that I was a little surprised to actually see nipples (and other things) in those vintage Victoria’s Secret pictures.

    I guess it was more racy to have been a VS model back then than it is now – kind of backwards, it seems!

  15. Jayna says:

    Shame on that school. Make teens feel different even more. At my neighbor’s school quite a few kids don’t have dates and are included in groups and not made to feel left out.

  16. Reece says:

    That is ridiculous. What exactly is the archdiocese in Philadelphia NOT doing or paying attention to that a prom is of his concern? I graduated in ’98 and people with dates were well in the minority. We all ran from table to table and danced with each other. In fact, my group we kicked all the guys out and took a girl group picture. :-D

    • Lisa says:

      Yes! When I graduated, all of my girlfriends and I danced together. We had a good time! I think only two of us had dates, and even then, they didn’t hang off of each other all night. We laughed at the couples who mistook the dance floor for a hotel room and just grind danced all night. :P

  17. Val says:

    Apart from the fact that this video IS terrible, it’s not the official music video. This clip of Rihanna is supposed to play during Coldplays upcoming tour. Not the offish vid.

  18. catt says:

    Song is awful and generic. Yeah Gwinnie right, Chris is like Picasso.
    (remember when she was saying how talented he was..that it was like living with Picasso?)

  19. Camille (The original) says:

    Coldplay hasn’t had a good song in years (post Gwen come to think of it), and this is no different. The video was lame too.

  20. gab says:

    WOW she looks like black Barbie. Weird. I think she can look stunningly beautiful sometimes, but something is off here.

  21. KLO says:

    This is the first video of Rihanna’s that really sucks in my opinion. THe song too… sorry

    • wunder says:

      Rihanna lacks energy here and you can tell she’s not really into the song.

      (Maybe she recorded this after visiting ArseTone KutchHole all night?)

      The song is pure canned plastic, and Rihanna’s lethargic rendering makes it all fall flatter than a pancake!

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Or she was too tired because she was up all night doing lines off her bodyguard’s head.

  22. Jill says:

    She looks drugged out of her mind and incapable of doing anything but just stand there.

    • Kimlee says:

      She did the samething in that new video with Drak up stand still and did nothing. She can’t sing so if she going lip sing she mind as well move at less.

  23. amurph says:

    I’m a little confused by the prom thing. I went to a Catholic high school and not only did I go to the prom by myself (I really didn’t want to go, but my mother felt I “needed the memory”) but one of my friends went with his boyfriend. No one gave a crap. This was about ten years ago. Boo on them for ruining what was supposed to be an exciting and fun night for her with her friends and classmates.

  24. Lisa says:

    Whoa, if I were a guy in 1979, I would’ve had my hand down my pants to that. The brunette has killer legs.

    (I’d stop when I got to the ones with the dog. wtf.)

  25. Relli says:

    You know the number one reason I hate RHWNJ is because Radar runs constant stories abotu those nobodies and ITS ALWAYS about the same thing. Fivehead (or as she is known here The Mon-chichi Mommy)and her family having a truthful moment about fame/lies/sh!t-talking/apologizing URGH!

    I didn’t see the last season because I had gotten rid of cable by then, BUT this last week I caught 5 minutes of it. Not only was I blinded by the tanning and dresses from Deb…. I was bored. Seriously each of the RHWNJ cast members are the most boring, uninteresting people ever.

  26. hairball says:

    BORING. RIDICULOUS. Besides a terrible and beyond boring song, she just looks gross. She always looks completely GROSS to me. Why people think she is so hot is beyond me.

  27. Esmom says:

    In the Goop piece, I agree she looks great. Glam but accessible.

    As for Riri, the video is meh. More and more these days, all I see is insecurity and self-loathing in her demeanor. Sad.

  28. ZenB!tch says:

    24 has been the new age of adulthood since the 90s. That is why they called us slackers. That and the pesky recessions we’ve had on and off since then, that backed everyone up in the job market – and that was before this recession.

  29. ZenB!tch says:

    I could only sit through 45 seconds of that video. I guess Chris Martin doesn’t understand that his fanbase and Rihanna’s do not overlap.

    It sounded awful… wanna be Radiohead guitars and wanna be hip hop vocals. UGH!

  30. Ai says:

    I just think she was unfortunately stlyed poorly base on Asian stereotypes that ‘all of Asians are the same’ train of thought. While the mutliple hands of Goddess Guayin does exist in China – it did still have its base in India, but most of all she looks like a geisha [Japanese cultural performers] and wearing South East Asian nail decor etc.

  31. BlackSwan777 says:

    The only good thing about this video is rihanna’s chola sharpie drawn on eyebrows.

  32. Mew says:

    It looks too much of a M.I.A. video but the music is not as good. Boooring!!

  33. isabelle says:

    Have watched the clip and am totally disappointed. Boring with a capital B.

  34. Elina says:

    Omg that was soooooooo boring!

  35. dp says:

    Is she Princess of Japan or Princess of China ???

  36. Handlemybusiness says:

    So does this mean that Ri Ri and Goop aren’t going to be friends?

  37. hoganbcmj says:

    He lip syncing is horrible and the expression on her face and in her eyes is completely dead and disinterested.

  38. thebutlerdidit says:

    The only nice thing I can think in regards to that video, is it is less “goat yodel-y” than most of Rihanna’s songs. But, it still sucked.

  39. Natasha says:

    A 5 year old could have come up with a better concept for a video.