On Monday, Spotify streamed a glossy, star-studded promotional video on Youtube. It included cameos from people and acts associated with the music and podcast streaming giant. One of those cameos wasPrince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Given that the Spotify Stream On event lasted for an hour and 40 minutes, and that Harry and Meghan were allegedly paid $30 million US to sign with and produce podcasts for Spotify, you might assume that a fair chunk of the streaming event would include them. Maybe a Q&A with them, who knows! You know, to justify spending so much money. So it was pretty funny to see that the Harry and Meghan section of the streaming event lasted a grand total of…22 seconds.
You can watch the Harry and Meghan section of the video at 38:35.
Okay, let’s talk about some things:
The baby bump
I saw some people on social media talking about the lack of visible bump on Meghan. What is she hiding???????, they asked. I have three thoughts on this:
- The dress Meghan is wearing is cut in a way that may hide her belly. Also, she was on camera for fewer than 22 seconds, so judging the size of Meghan’s bump in this video can’t exactly be classified as a scientific endeavour;
- This video isn’t time-dated. It could have been filmed months ago! and, most important:
- What a pregnant woman’s body looks or doesn’t like is none of our business!!!!!!! I will not be taking questions on this. Thank you.
Re: Meghan’s dress, it was immediately identified by Meghan’s Mirror, with a handy dandy affiliate link. The dress is an Oscar de la Renta with 3D leaves, and it retails for $3500 US. As you can see by the dress being sold out in all but one size at said affiliate link, the Meghan Effect is still going strong.
I find Meghan’s choice of this dress strange. Maybe it would bug me less in another situation, but wearing a $3500 cocktail/garden party dress in a video recorded in your own home because of a global pandemic that has wreaked havoc on people’s physical, mental, emotional, and financial wellbeing...it seems a little tone-deaf to me.
Also, pretty obvious, but it’s the middle of February. If you’re not in California, this is not an appropriate dress to wear in the middle of February. Which points to the video being shot months ago, but still. The whole thing just feels off.
The other thought I had about the dress was that it reminded me of Beyoncé posting this mysterious picture of herself with a lemon, and then releasing Lemonade – one of the greatest breakup/revenge albums of all time.
PS: The Lemonade album includes a song called Freedom. In addition to mirroring the title of Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s biography of Harry and Meghan, Finding Freedom, the song has lyrics that seem to be in line with some of Meghan’s feelings upon leaving the British Royal Family. This is the chorus:
I can’t move
Freedom, cut me loose
Where are you?
‘Cause I need freedom, too
I break chains all by myself
Won’t let my freedom rot in hell
Hey! I’ma keep running
‘Cause a winner don’t quit on themselves
Is this lemon dress a harbinger of the tone of the upcoming Oprah interview??????
Spotify defending itself for spending so much money on H&M
On Tuesday, criticism about Harry and Meghan’s “podcast empire” (they have, to date, released one, 34-minute podcast under their Archewell Podcasts moniker) and whether Spotify paid too much money to sign them continued. Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer for Spotify, said that the couple is considered “talent” and equated their ability to bring in listeners to actors being able to bring in big box office numbers to the movie theatre.
It’s unclear if Harry and Meghan’s holiday episode of the Archewell Podcast brought in sufficient numbers to keep executives at Spotify happy for the time being – it did feature their son Archie speaking in public for the first time, so it likely had millions upon millions of streams. But it’s clear that if the couple intends to keep Spotify happy (and paying) over the long term, they will need to start pumping out more than one podcast episode at Christmas.
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