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The victims of Rihanna Plane—a group of journalists and prize winners now known as the Rihanna 150—have been through a harrowing journey to seven cities in seven days on a Boeing 777 with no water, nor bathroom, and no sleep nor clothed Australians (for eye-witness accounts, refer to this, this, and this). And now she apologizes, sort of.
Addressing the survivors as they all landed in New York, she told them:
"Guess what, we made it! This has been an experience that I will never ever forget. I barely slept. My sleeping was all done on this plane. I want to thank everyone for making this trip the shit. I want to see the naked Australian! I know you guys got barely dirt, but I had to be good. I still sound like shit. It's impossible to spend time with everybody, and I'm sorry that I didn't. I had to preserve my health. Normally, I'd be back here popping bottles with you all. I had to preserve my voice. I was worried about my body more than partying on the plane, so I had to just sleep whenever I could. I hope you guys had as much fun as I did."
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