Kendall Jenner's Coachella Appearance Comes W/ Strings Attached (Hint: Pepsi)
Reality TV star Kendall Jenner is going to be a must-see Coachella Music Festival attraction this weekend however there's a huge string attached.
New reports claim the model is taking on handfuls of media chats but won't cave into discussing her now-infamous pulled Pepsi advertisement.
Our Kendall sources tell us the model's got several interviews lined up when she hits up events at the festival ... but questions must be submitted in advance. Everyone interviewing Kendall will have a hard rule ... no direct or indirect mention of her failed Pepsi ad. As we reported ... Kendall's hosting a party for the dating app Bumble and she'll be a guest DJ at another event. There are consequences for outlets that get sneaky - Kendall will be immediately pulled from the interview and the outlet will forever be persona non grata. (TMZ)
Earlier this month, an unnamed actor from Jenner's commercial came forward to speak out on his involvement.
"It's like, I was just doing my job. They asked me to be in the commercial." He also adds that Pepsi officials discussed the direction for the ad with him beforehand, and he understood it to depict a message of "unity." "The commercial had hip-hop dancers and we were all together as humans," he says. "I think they tried to show the meaning that people from every country can be together. That's what I had understood, but maybe now I'm misunderstanding." (PEOPLE)
Recently, actor/singer Tyrese weighed-in on the Pepsi drama and provided insight how the company could avoid making the same mistake.
"Coca-Cola, that's how it all started for me. Coca-Cola, we represent that realness. 20 years, it's how we do it. I do have some advice for corporate America, get some more black people in your boardrooms. Get some more diversity in your boardrooms. Here's the thing, as much as I would love to take off on the Kardashians, I can't really make it about them even though they're definitely supposed to be in-tune with what's going down and what's not going down. I just think at the end of the day, corporate America could find themselves saying, 'Well, we're still selling this many this and moving this many units, it's still looking like this in the stock market, so we must have it together.' But you gotta have more diversity in those boardrooms to be able to have a voice that represents the sensitivities to what's going on around our world. If I go to London and I'm trying to doing something politically, imagine me as an American going to London trying to make a statement in a country that's not mine. You gotta consult with people." ("Sway In The Morning")
Last week, reports suggested Kendall Jenner had felt devastated over her controversial ad.
A source familiar with Jenner's deal with Pepsi tells ET that the commercial was only slated to air overseas, not in the U.S., but it ended up making the rounds online, with even the 21-year-old model tweeting it out. The source adds that Jenner is "devastated" by the backlash, as she's already been called out for her involvement in the ad by several of her Twitter followers. "This is the first controversial campaign she has been involved with," the source continues. "Even though she had nothing to do with the production and the message of the campaign, she will be blamed for this since she is the face." (ET Online)
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