When you think of diva-like behaviour, Jack White may not be the first celebrity that comes to mind. But the rocker of White Stripes fame was none too pleased when his crew's list of needs, known as a "rider," was leaked prior to a recent campus performance.
In addition to the $80,000 charge, the University of Oklahoma was presented with a strange slew of demands for White and his 30-person strong troupe, which included an outright ban on bananas (“This is a banana-free tour.”)
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Is it possible that someone in the White entourage is highly allergic to bananas? Does White himself have a phobia of yellow, crescent-shaped fruit? It's an enigma, folks.
In addition to the banana ban, the rider specified very explicit dietary requirements, ranging from a New York strip steak, cooked medium, to “freshly sliced, high-quality prosciutto and aged salami with a sharp knife.”
But the most attention-grabbing clause was the inclusion of a particular guacamole recipe, which has since gone viral. In a statement, White's management company, Monotone Inc., deemed the breach of private information unfortunate, unprofessional, and unwelcoming.
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Although I was secretly hoping it was a White family recipe, it's unlikely that the guac specification even came from the frontman himself. Still, foodies will want to take note of the inclusion of the pits and the surface coating of lime juice—to keep the guacamole from browning. The Haas avocados must be cut in half the long way with a butter knife, with 3-4 slits down and 3-4 slits across. And the recipe came with serious warnings about consistency and timing ("We'd love to have it around 5pm.")
While we mere mortals may laugh, how many celebrities would be embarrassed if their entourage's demands were made public? Maybe that would bring a few divas back down to earth.
You tell me: What's the most demanding or diva-like behaviour you've heard from a celeb?
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