Stars Behaving Badly

Outrageous rider demands from the rich and famous.

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Katy Perry isn't the first pop star to stomp her jewel-encrusted stilettos and make rather outrageous demands. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna played the imperious diva long before Perry put on her coquettish pink cone bras. Maybe the blame comes down to witnessing hubby Russell Brand playing out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow in last year's sleeper hit Get Him To The Greek to show what rock stars can get away with. Or maybe this is just shtick.

But Perry's 45-page concert rider seems deadly serious, detailing everything from the type of furniture allowed backstage (a pair of French ornate-style floor lamps), the color of the dressing room ("cream" or "soft pink") to the kind of flowers that should grace the backstage area ("white and purple hydrangeas, pink & white roses and peonies.") If those flowers are not available, Perry will begrudgingly accept a "selection of seasonal white flowers to include white orchids." However, promoters are advised, "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS."

We can almost understand why she wouldn't want the tour chauffeurs to start a conversation with her. Similarly, drivers are prohibited from making chit chat with Perry's guests or fans. We even get that the driver shouldn't ask for autographs or pictures, especially while driving. But spelled out in cold black type is the fact that drivers are not permitted to "stare at the backseat through the rear view mirror." No, not even when they're backing up.

Katy Perry is hardly the only star who is a princess-albeit perhaps the only one that dresses like a deranged one. Here's a list of other celebs who are know to have donned a tiara in their time:

Chris Colfer may play Kurt Hummel on Glee with anxious panache, but supposedly he's extremely shy off camera. The Shipper Report revealed that the teen idol recently did a photo shoot and one of the production people warned the extras, "he's very shy-do not approach him, talk to him, or look at him. He will not respond!" (Either he's "shy" or he's incredibly full of himself already.)

Nicole Kidman always looks a bit of the ice maiden when you see her at award ceremonies with her flawed but talented husband Keith Urban, or in her ads for Chanel No. 5. Because apparently that's the way she is in real life. Last month Star Magazine revealed that the Eyes Wide Shut actress has strict rules for anyone working on her. "No eye contact is allowed when you're working on Nicole," a source tells the august gossip mag. Apparently Kidman enforces her regulations pretty strictly. "She sent one staffer running out of the room crying!"

Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is another star with a personality malfunction. He was doing a string of nightclub appearances on behalf of Devotion vodka and had a list of demands that would put any A-lister to shame. The Situation's demands include a ban on making eye contact with or speaking directly to the "celebrity," i.e. him. The rider also stipulates that the reality show star be greeted at the airport whenever he arrives in a city and also demands a continuous supply of vodka, Red Bull and champagne (Devotion vodka, of course). And, finally he must have security guards to protect him from "grenades," which is Jersey Shore-ese for ugly girls.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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