I can’t stop laughing about this story – while on a panel at the Venice Film Festival, Madonna was presented a beautiful single stem of purple hydrangea by a reporter. She promptly put it on the floor by her feet, curtly thanked him, and said to someone next to her (audible on camera) “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.”
This is the perfect intersection of my two careers – film publicity and floral design, so I’m all over it! ; ) Here’s the video:
But it gets better – her publicist has issued the following statement. Instead of apologizing to the reporter whose sweet gift she snubbed, in a ridiculous pr hat trick, they apologize to hydrangeas and hydrangea lovers:
“She’s entitled to like any flower she wants and she didn’t want to hurt the feeling of the hydrangeas of the world. No disrespect to the hydrangeas lovers of the world but she prefers different types of flowers.”
To that reporter – I’d take your hydrangea any day with gratitude! And to the hydrangea and hydrangea lovers of the world – keep your head up! I bet Madonna hates puppies and rainbows too.