MTV’s Stripped was a series where celebrities were interviewed in a unique way. Instead of a person asking them questions, they would pick their own questions to answer. The questions would be split into various categories. And the guest would pick up a piece of paper and talk about what is written.
The episode featuring Aaliyah is seemingly the most well-known episode, and has apparently gone viral in the years following her tragic death. When you google “MTV Stripped,” many of the search results are related to her episode. On Tumblr, all of the search results are related to her episode.
The episode is nice because it shows who Aaliyah the person is. She talks about lots of things, and she shows that she is just like any non-celebrity person.
For example, Aaliyah talks about what she does to chill. She likes to take bubble baths, or alternately, she will read a book; she said that she was currently obsessed with Harry Potter and that she is on the second book.
Aaliyah talks about musicians she admires. She praises a not so popular, but talented singer named Lewis Taylor. She got starstruck when she attended a public MTV for Janet Jackson, and Stevie Wonder, a singer she is a huge fan of, asked to meet her. And her “soul sister” Sade, who shares the same birthday, and whom she praises for never compromising who she is as an artist, even if she were to take a long hiatus. She also expresses admiration for Britney Spears and NSYNC, especially Justin Timberlake.
Aaliyah talks about being a celebrity. She says that she doesn’t talk about her relationships because although being a celebrity means you give up lots of privacy, she feels the need to keep at least one thing out of the public eye, and that thing is her love life. Another thing she mentions is rumors. Aaliyah found it funny that people claim that she has a glass eye, and that that is why she constantly wears sunglasses and covers her left eye with her hair. But she seems annoyed when she recalled how one person asked her to her face if she has a glass eye. The person could clearly see that she does not.
Aaliyah is not afraid be a little negative. She expresses a fear of motorbikes. And she refuses to talk about an embarrassing date. She also confesses to having changed a grade on her report card from a C to an A.
Celebrity interviews can be very intersting, and it is especially nice to seem them lead the way, and to give them a chance tell us about them. Aaliyah, because she was very relatbale made this very enjoyable.