Britney Spears’ Pride perfume promotion sparks backlash

Britney Spears has been accused of using her Pride gig in Brighton, England as a tool to promote her perfume. The Toxic singer performed at the event, the U.K.’s biggest celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communit…

Britney Spears has been accused of using her Pride gig in Brighton, England as a tool to promote her perfume.

The Toxic singer performed at the event, the U.K.’s biggest celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, on Saturday (04Aug18).

The day after the concert she took to Twitter to thank fans for attending, but included a sneaky bit of promotion for her gender-neutral fragrance, My Prerogative – which was also given out free to fans on scented wristbands.

She wrote: “Loved seeing so many people out celebrating diversity and inclusion for #pride here in the UK! Having the freedom to be who you want to be is so important, which is why we made Prerogative, a fragrance for ALL!! Check it out exclusively at @BootsUK #MyPrerogative.”

Her tweet didn’t sit well with some of the LGBTQ community, however, including editors at Attitude magazine who responded by calling her post “terrible” in a message sent via their Twitter account.

Another irate tweeter added: “All those years fighting oppression, for Britney to come along and turn it into a commercial for perfume. What a d**k.”

Other fans described the move as “tacky”, although some saw the funny side of her attempt to plug her perfume.

“Only Britney is allowed to do a tweet about Pride and inclusion then use it to flog perfume ok,” one admirer wrote, while another added, “Britney doing a gig at pride just to promote a perfume is the most Britney thing I’ve heard all week.”

The star has also released a special Pride edition of another fragrance, Fantasy, with $1.30 (£1) of each $53 (£40) bottle going to support U.S. media monitoring group GLAAD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Britney’s show delighted fans, although she reportedly forgot where she was performing and had to ask her dancer, before giving a shout out to Brighton Pride.

Many concertgoers complained that they were left stranded as train services taking them to and from the gig were inadequate. In response to complaints of overcrowding, Pride organisers told NME.com they were “appalled” bosses at the Govia Thameslink Railway failed to put on sufficient trains, claiming they had put Pride attendees’ “safety in jeopardy”.

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Harry Styles donates Gucci boots to LGBTQ charity

Harry Styles has donated a pair of Gucci boots to an LGBTQ and mental health charity.The 24-year-old is a firm supporter of the gay community and has featured Pride rainbow flags onstage during his recent tour, including one that read: “Make America Ga…

Harry Styles has donated a pair of Gucci boots to an LGBTQ and mental health charity.

The 24-year-old is a firm supporter of the gay community and has featured Pride rainbow flags onstage during his recent tour, including one that read: “Make America Gay Again.”

To continue his support for the cause, the former One Direction singer has donated his own personal pair of Gucci rainbow boots to organisation London Friend, which were auctioned off in London at a charity raffle on Saturday (07Jul18), to celebrate Pride month and the London Pride parade which took place on the same day.

An Instagram video uploaded by Blouse, a contemporary fashion label “loaded with new sexuality” which helped organise the event, showed the moment a lucky girl won the Sign of the Times star’s fabulous footwear.

Ayesha from The Netherlands can be seen excitedly removing the boots from their box while she and three excitable friends dance with joy. The account also revealed that the auction raised a total of $15,980 (£12,000) for London Friend in total.

Harry has had a longstanding relationship with Gucci and even fronted the Italian fashion house’s latest campaign.

Images from the ads show the singer posing alongside several dogs as well as a chicken against the background of a London fish and chip shop.

The British star has also allegedly helped boost Gucci’s menswear sales thanks for his penchant for the brand’s designs when it comes to his outfits on stage.

Citing data compiled by online retail shopping tool Lyst, researchers stated: “Harry drove thousands of searches for men’s Gucci floral shirts and suits, wearing the brand throughout his 2017 tour and public appearances.”

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Nicki Minaj rocks trio of sexy outfits at 2018 BET Awards

Nicki Minaj picked out three sexy outfits to wear during her 2018 BET Awards performance.The rapper took to the stage during the ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Jun18) and drove the crowd wild by kicking off her spect…

Nicki Minaj picked out three sexy outfits to wear during her 2018 BET Awards performance.

The rapper took to the stage during the ceremony held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (24Jun18) and drove the crowd wild by kicking off her spectacle by performing one of her two comeback singles, Chun-Li.

Her first outfit consisted of a red and black belted coat sparkling with sequins along the trim, which Nicki paired with thigh-high shiny latex boots.

After bringing the stage to life with the help of her dancers, who helped recreate the Japan-inspired music video, the Anaconda hitmaker ditched the jacket to reveal a raunchy PVC minidress.

The neckline plunged towards her midriff and accessories including nude fishnet tights and a diamante chain necklace reading Chun-Li.

Finally, the 35-year-old took the opportunity to make a final outfit change when YG took to the stage to perform Big Bank with fellow rappers 2 Chainz and Big Sean.

Nicki reemerged to join the trio and delivered her verse of the song by sitting on a plastic pink horse while wearing a baby pink belted basque adorned with sparkling silver panels, and accessorised with high-heeled metallic shoe boots.

Another musician to make a statement at the event was Janelle Monae, who rocked the red carpet wearing a statement rainbow coloured dress to pay tribute to Pride 2018.

The 32-year-old, who recently revealed she identifies as pansexual, looked stunning in an emerald green detailed bustier which was jazzed up by a frilled tulle skirt which symbolised Pride’s signature rainbow flag emblem.

The Pynk star gave the eye-catching outfit an androgynous twist by adding a red and black military style cap and had a pink, purple and blue diamante clutch bag draped over her wrist.

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Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell team with Adidas for 2018 Pride

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have teamed up with Adidas to create footwear in honour of Pride 2018.The British supermodels have been recruited by DJ Fat Tony, real name Tony Marnach, who has organised for them each to design their own version of the sp…

Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have teamed up with Adidas to create footwear in honour of Pride 2018.

The British supermodels have been recruited by DJ Fat Tony, real name Tony Marnach, who has organised for them each to design their own version of the sportswear brand’s iconic Samba sneaker to commemorate the occasion.

Other famous LGBTQ+ supporters have been invited on board, including the likes of British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Marc Jacobs, Pharrell Williams and David Beckham.

“I have been involved in activities around London Pride in some shape or form since the late 1980s,” Manarch explained in an interview with British Vogue. “I wanted to create something with Adidas that really spoke to where we are today by envisaging a new notion of pride as being one with no labels; and how we as a community alongside our allies can push things further still.”

Naomi, 48, has created a pair of black leather Samba shoes with purple suede panels and metallic silver stripes on either side. The footwear also features rainbow striped laces with matching trim around each sole.

Whereas 44-year-old Kate has opted for a more understated all-over metallic silver concept.

Enninful has gone for a monochrome colourblock theme which features an image of a dog’s face on one side of the sneaker’s tongue, as well as a belt-like strap intended to resemble the pooch’s collar.

All footwear will be displayed in a free exhibition at the HENI Gallery in Soho from 4-10 July (18), when London Pride Week takes place, while an eBay auction will be held on 3 July in order to raise funds for charity The Albert Kennedy Trust, which provides safety and support to members of the LGBTQ+ community who are facing homelessness.

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