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Miss Ross Booed in Jamaica, Mon

1/28/2008 6:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Oh, the diva has gone and done it this time!


Diana Ross pissed off a crowd of 40,000 at the 2008 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Saturday, where Miss Thing, 63, was booed and heckled by Jamaicans attending the festival in Montego Bay -- after organizers told them that "to honor Miss Ross' wishes, she will not be shown on the monitors." That news was greeted with widespread hissing. Oh no she didn't!

Patrons in the stadium-sized arena were unable to see the diva onstage, so they called for organizers to put her performance up on the big screen. "It was at the eleventh hour that her manager said she wouldn't allow us to IMAG (In Vivo Imaging) her performance," said a concert promoter, "and, if any cameras were present, she would not go on stage."

Hisses turned to full-out boos when Ross started her set with Supremes hits -- and the crowd beyond the first section couldn't see her -- and the booing continued throughout her set.

No Makeup -- Click to LaunchFestival spokesperson Carlette DeLeon issued a statement Sunday blaming Ross for upsetting the Jamaica crowd, saying, "The much anticipated performance of Diana Ross on Saturday proved somewhat disappointing to many patrons who expected a very interactive set. Miss Ross' request to have a restricted display of her performance however, inconvenienced patrons who were left feeling distanced from the stage and her performance."

Attendees paid from $80 to $307 to watch Ross -- who was reportedly paid $300,000 for the gig -- perform the hour-long set with fellow headliners Mary Mary, Billy Ocean and KoKo Taylor.
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106.

tanya    

miss ross can now be called ms rass. she dissed us here in jamaica. many persons like myself saved our hard earn monies to see the Diva but she proved herself to be a DIVER. Ms Rass u ought to apologise to us.

2356 days ago
107.

ANGEL    

Miss so call Ross...you are a rass for dissing Jamaicans like that.....go get outta here with your Botex face

2356 days ago
108.

proud jamaican    

She is so lucky that it was montegobay she was at , and not Kingston where she would surely have gotten some red stripe bottle , along with the booing.

2356 days ago
109.

:what ev errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr    

Boy, I'd love to know how many people have told Ms. Ross straight to her face to "Go F*#K" herself........Man I'd love to hear someone tell her that................Someone posted that they saw Ms. Over the Hill at a Blockbuster,,,,,,,,and that she said something smart to them.....................now that would have been a "Go F*#K" yourself moment.........!!!!!

2356 days ago
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dale_stud    

It was not only that she didn't want to be seen on the monitors, it was also because she lipsynced her entire performance. The sound was low and "bland" not the rich sound you get during a live performance. And for those who made comments about Jamaicans making "petty criticsm" know this, most of the crowd there were foreigners who flew in for the show. However, don't you think that Jamaicans are just mere "natives" running around in grass skirts we are well educated and aware people but even if we weren't it is unfair to pay over US$100.00 to listen to a tape (or CD) we could have stayed at home and done that. Another thing, she changed so many times that we had to wonder if we had come to a fashion show. If she had even requested no video or no "closeup" shots but did a performance in her present voice I would not have felt so cheated. Name calling is not needed, age does take a toll on all of us but she DID disrespect her audience by her actions and that is what must be addressed on this forum.

2355 days ago
111.

blonddaddy    

LEAVE HER ALONE.... SHE'S A LEGEND...SHE'S STILL MAGNIFICENT...AND SHE HAS EVERY RIGHT TO PERFORM AS SHE SEES FIT....DIANA WILL ALWAYS BE MAGIC TO ME....I CAN'T WAIT TO BE IN HER PRESENCE IN HOUSTON .... I LOVE HER.

2355 days ago
112.

Chris    

Isn't she waaaayyyy too OLD to be acting like a spoiled brat! Doesn't she know that her STAR faded a long time ago? Her ride is over.........and somewhere in the pearly gates of heaven, Miss Flo Ballard is saying: " Karma's a BITCH honey!".

2355 days ago
113.

whoopty    

Never understood her popularity. Not that pretty and SHE CAN NOT SING! She was AWFUL on American Idol last year. embarassingly bad. Even Barbra Streisand (who is a bit difficult and uptight her appearance to say the least) allowed monitors at her recent concerts. And she actually has talent and can still sing. Diana Ross is the worst of everything.

2354 days ago
114.

Mike    

I'm a diehard Ross fan and I've seen her in concert numerous times. She always gives a great show. I don't know what happened in Jamacia, but there is no excuse for her behavior. She is truly a stupid woman hell bent on destroying what's left of her career. Those fans spent hard earned money to "see" her in concert. If she doesn't want to be seen while performing, then it's time to retire. This situation was about as dumb as having a Supremes Reunion Tour without the Supremes. Snap out of it Miss Ross!

2354 days ago
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DAMIAN    

JUAN writes that Jamaicans have no class and that Diana should not have come here.Jamaicans understand there rights and stand up for it,we are no push over.Its not Jamaicans alone where there either,people from other country came to see her performed live and not a "LADY IN THE DARK THEME SHOW"Nobody forced her to come she was paid and contracted to perform at the show.If you are paid we expect a good performance and not to come here as if we don't deserve our moneys worth,your there hiding if we did not want to see a live performance we would play her album at home in our CD-player,and not have to venture out of our homes to be greeted with this crap of a performance.I expected better from her,and you all.She was wrong and admit it,its she who has no class.

1089 days ago
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