In response to the WOW Report’s ugly entry on Miss Ross:
While it’s hard to defend Diana Ross – her diva bitchiness is legendary, if sometimes blown out of proportion – can you blame the 63-year-old legend for wanting a little control over her close-ups? I’m 44 and I think twice about using an ATM for fear of being captured in an unflattering angle and light by security cameras. Thinking back over the 25-odd years I’ve seen her perform live, she’s never used giant screens in concert. Were there any at Central Park?
It strikes me as remarkable that one skinny bitch could captivate the LA Forum or Boston Garden all by her lonesome. Technology and audience expectations have changed. Moving forward, maybe Miss Ross needs to avoid playing today’s giant, corporately named stadiums and outdoor mega-gatherings. Maybe she’s just a control freak bitch. Maybe we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Maybe you should watch this recently restored clip from her 1971 TV Special Diana! Covering a classic Carpenters tune, looking like a modern day Oprah (if Oprah weighed 98 lbs), she was definitely ready for her close up.
– Tom Campbell,
WOW’s head of development