Thoughts from the Rolling Stone Super Bowl party red carpet

February 5, 2012
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It's an odd traditional, the red carpet. The press lines up. The occassional celebrity wanders by. Lame questions are asked. Lame answers are given. Photos are taken. 

And there's a lot of down time, especially when there isn't a pre-determined start time for the event (as there is with a movie screening or theater opening). 

Here are some of my thoughts during those in-between moments as I stood sandwiched between MTV reporters and local news teams waiting for the next celebrity guests to arrive at the night-before-Super Bowl Rolling Stone party downtown.

--Why are TV anchors so desperate to have out-of-towners validate Indianapolis. Can someone who got off a plane two hours earlier really have anything of merit to say about how wonderful Indy is? 

--Either Natalie Morales or Savannah Guthrie should have Ann Curry's job.

--A band like Cobra Starship could play Indy every year for a decade and get no TV attention, but put its members on a red carpet and suddenly they are deemed worth talking to.

--Actress Nikki Reed ("Twilight") is gorgeous. There, I said it.

--If ten reporters on a red carpet have to ask "Who's that?" to a PR person, then that person has no business taking one quick photo op and then dodging the line to sneak in a different way (Yes, I'm talking to you, Captain America, whatever your real name is).

--It would have been more fun seeing Dave Navarro if he had joined the celebrity poker game the previous evening.

--It's frustrating when the one celebrity you actually have a question for doesn't show up. If you are reading this Neal Patrick Harris, here's my question: Cole Porter or Hoagy Carmichael? 

--Did people actually have fun inside the party?

Your thoughts?


  • Celebs are people to
    We are lucky that they came. Indy get some stars during the race but this brought people that many have never heard of Indianapolis. Plus many New York media. Yes they did some plugging but they came here to see a game not to work. To have a good time. Hope they did and will tell others in the entertainment business. Maybe they will come back.
  • Local news media
    I agree with the comment regarding local news media seeking constant reassurance from bordered on embarassing. How many times can you stick a mike in someone's face and ask them what they think of Indy?
  • Come on now
    The TV anchors consistant seeking of praise of Indy made me want to puke.
  • geez
    What is said here is true but the reporters really have nothing else to talk about. Sort of reminded me of TMZ type fluffery.

    Does sound like Lou has a little chip on his shoulder here however. Like maybe he wasn't invited to a couple things or didn't get the top level credentials or something.

    Dude you're still a writer in Indiana like the rest of 'em. Sorry.
    • chips
      No chip. Did everything this week that I wanted to in Super Bowl land (Would I have written this if I wanted to be invited to more parties?). And I'm proud to be an Indiana writer with the best arts writing gig in the state.
      • Thoughts on Indy
        I agree that the questions of celebs about their thoughts on Indy bordered on obnoxious. Alec Baldwin's backhanded praise of Indy as a "nice small city" but not Miami or Los Angeles really irked me. I'm glad we aren't like Miami (been there many times and found most people to be rude and pushy) and Los Angeles is the home of phony. I'm very proud of the job Indy did on the Super Bowl!
      • Local Media Falls All Over Themselves
        Happy that Indy was a great host, but could the media and city patted themselves on the back any more? Every interview, and I mean every single interview, had local media begging celebs and visitors to validate the city. Dallas did a horrible job last year but their stadium holds 100,000 and they are likely to get it back before Indy is as the NFL only sees dollar signs. If we do get it back, please enlarge the square footage of SB Village and include more streets. Also, spread stages a part - poor design to have them so close together.
      • Lou
        No disrespect intended by my post. Just saying that you are telling us what we already know/saw. We all know we want the media to dig a little deeper in this town and I believe you can give it to us. If you want to.

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