Mariah Carey is now America’s punching bag, being brutally beaten for her far less than stellar live performance on New Year’s Eve in New York during Dick Clark’s annual extravaganza.
You’d have to had been hiding under a rock to not hear about Carey’s disastrous display where she could not keep up with and supply her part of the lip-synching responsibility of a medley of her hits in the program leading up to the famous ball drop in Times Square in NYC.
Look. It was a total fiasco. As I struggled to stay awake for the midnight hour, albeit the NY midnight hour, I watched in anticipation of an entertainer I have developed a respect for beyond her singing and stage presence ever since I saw her talk so proudly about her ethnic heritage during an interview on Larry King’s TV program (Carey’s father is of African American and Afro-Venezuelan descent, while her mother is of Irish descent).
But having worked a bit in broadcasting it was clear to me immediately something was wrong with the production, the technical behind the scenes operations. Carey was obviously struggling resorting to impromptu ad libs in a feeble attempt to cover up for a scenario that was the worst-case variety.
No question this was live TV at its worst. But it appeared Carey couldn’t hear what she was supposed to respond to. If there were, indeed, technical, engineering problems, how do they make this major fail Carey’s fault?
Social media went nuts.
Mariah screwed up.
How dare she blame someone else.
She should have been able to overcome whatever difficulties came her way.
What’s with that outfit?
Mariah is washed up.
The overwhelming majority of these derisive comments came from…females.
I was not surprised.
First of all I wonder how any Mariah basher would have responded in her place before a WORLDWIDE LIVE audience.
But again, what strikes me the most is the all out barrage against Carey by females.
Suppose Justin Timberlake did the same. Among fellow males this would amount to a few chuckles around the water cooler. Nowhere near the mass hysteria we’re seeing day after day after day. because for men this is no big deal. A laugh or two a few minutes after the fact, then life moves on.
Of course, I repeat.
I am not surprised.
I don’t know, she looks pretty good to me
Posted by on Nov. 30, 2008
DISCLAIMER: The following blog contains images of famous women, some scantily-clad. If this offends you, go no further. Of course, if you do, you will miss out on a provocative commentary by yours truly. I might add that I am not a pig. But I’m also not a prude.
First, some background.
On Thanksgiving Day, Britney Spears turned in the first live performance of her current charttopping single “Womanizer” at the 2008 Bambi Media Awards in Offenburg, Germany.
This came a few months after she appeared on the August 2008 cover of OK Magazine.
Britney apparently had to explain to OK Magazine how she got her body back because her 2007 appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards set off a worldwide debate that Britney had gotten to be much too…………….
In September 2007, I blogged about my sincere sympathies for poor Britney who was under attack (did you look at her abdomen?) for being overweight:
“What’s laughable is that a lot of the criticism about Spears and her body are coming from other women.
Saying that Britney Spears is fat is like saying Shaquille O’Neal is a bit on the short side.
You show me any 25, 30, 40, or 50 year old woman that wouldn’t kill to have the body Britney Spears displayed at the awards show. How about women who’ve had a child or two or three. Think they don’t wish they were as “fat” as Britney?
Oh, it’s hilarious and downright entertaining to see one Hollywood gossip commentator after another bash obese Britney.
All of the above.”
I delve into this tabloid territory because of the latest (December) issue of Shape Magazine that has country music star Faith Hill on the cover.
Is she too fat?
No one that I have found is making that ridiculous accusation. But someone is sure all bent out of shape about Shape’s cover. And you can bet your house it’s not a male.
Martha Brockenbrough writes for MSN.com and she just can’t believe that 41-year old Faith Hill can look this good. It’s not possible. She must have had a whole lot of help. She’s rich so of course she just bought this great bod. Hard work on her part couldn’t possibly be responsible.
In what can only be described as petty jealousy, Brockenbrough is downright incredulous about Faith Hill’s physique:
“If Faith Hill’s abdomen looks that good after three kids without plastic surgery and a bit of Photoshopping, I’ll eat my hat. (I could probably use the fiber anyway.)
Here’s my suggested text for that label:
WARNING! ARTICLE CLAIMS DIET AND EXERCISE GAVE 41-YEAR-OLD CELEBRITY A BODY THIS SPECTACULAR. SHE’S ACTUALLY PROBABLY HAD PLASTIC SURGERY, A PERSONAL CHEF, HOURS WITH A TRAINER, AND A LITTLE HELP FROM PHOTOSHOP, SO BEFORE YOU START FEELING GLUM, JUST REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT IS AN ILLUSION, A MANUFACTURED IMAGE TO SELL MAGAZINES DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU FEEL BEASTLY SO THAT YOU SPEND MONEY TO IMPROVE YOUR LOOKS DESPITE THE CRAPPY ECONOMY.”
Brockenbrough continues that she, herself, has exercised like a dog, only to have an abdoment that looks, “pathetic.” Therefore, what? Faith Hill is a phony? Faith Hill has been to a surgeon? As if Brockenbrough has never put on an ounce of makeup.
Now here is what Brockenbrough looks like.
What’s she so uptight about? She certainly doesn’t look like….
Alice the Goon from the Popeye cartoons.
I’ll tell you why she’s about to jump out of her skin. It’s because she’s a woman. Females can’t help themselves.
Instead of complimenting and celebrating women beyond their Miss America-like years for looking terrific, they cattily find fault and claw the more affluent, more famous females to shreds. The vast majority of women would give up their husbands, their homes, their charge cards, their own mothers to look like Britney or Faith. But they don’t. So they strike, and the venom flies.
That’s not sexist, it’s the truth.
Men aren’t at all like that. Pardon my bluntness, but they could give a crap. Guys don’t rip other guys because the other guys look good. They just don’t. They’ve got other priorities, like whether or not the Packers are going to cover the spread, and where the hell is the remote??!!
I like to look at attractive women as much as the next guy. If Faith Hill wants to parade her 41-year old tummy for all to see while they’re checking out at the grocery store, God bless her and this great country. And if that bothers a certain crowd that despises and/or can’t afford plastic surgery, then I have one word for them: exercise.
—My blog from 2007
Why is Carey’s screw-up from last Saturday still capturing America’s curiosity?