The Media Failed Mariah Carey


Mariah didn’t deserve 1% of this.

In the wake of Framing Britney Spears, a lot of people are re-examining the treatment of famous women in the 2000s. Now, Mariah Carey is one of the most successful, talented, amazing people ever — yet she was treated so unfairly, so viciously, and overall, so terribly by the media.


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Here are some of the times the media failed Mariah Carey:

1.

When Howard Stern harassed Mariah nonstop in this gross interview:


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Mariah responded by trying to change the subject, asking about Howard’s pets.

2.

Like, it was not OK at all:


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Mariah walked away with her head high, like the queen that she is.

3.

When Joan Rivers said this to her at the 1999 Oscars red carpet.


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“They said I gained weight?” Mariah said.

4.

When the media invalidated and mocked the fact that she is a biracial woman. She eventually did a cover with Essence magazine, iconically titled, “America’s Most Misunderstood Black Woman.”


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Mariah recalled the cover to Wendy Williams, saying, “That was the best photo shoot I ever had. In a way, people will know a whole different side of me if they read this story.”

5.

When Rosie O’Donnell criticized how Mariah dressed:


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Mariah responded by saying she had to cover up for the first six to seven years of her career.

6.

When the media said she was over after Glitter:


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The movie and soundtrack came out on September 11, 2001 and was panned.

7.

When this interviewer implied her song “Loverboy” was a flop — even though it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100:

8.

When paparazzi would swarm Mariah in a super unsafe way allll the time:


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9.

And when paps made fun of her elbow after she broke it:

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“I have a problem with my elbow. Is that a problem for you? Maybe it hurts me. You think that’s OK?” she responded.

10.

When Wendy Williams said this to Mariah on the radio:


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11.

And also said this about her:


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12.

When this panel of male interviewers was rude to Mariah and said she paid people in the audience to clap/be her fans (????):

13.

When Ellen DeGeneres tried to get Mariah to drink on her show to prove she wasn’t pregnant. She was pregnant at the time. SMH:


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“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath,” Mariah said.

14.

When Charlamagne tha God said this to Mariah:


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Mariah said to Google the back cover of her first album.

15.

When tabloids wrote entire articles discussing her body:

16.

When this interviewer asked Mariah — the greatest vocalist of all time — if she planned on using backing tracks, implying she lip syncs her songs:


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“If there’s any confusion, they’re welcome to come to my house and sing in the shower with me.”

17.

When TMZ leaked Mariah’s isolated vocals on a day she was sick in an attempt to humiliate her online:


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18.

When Piers Morgan blindsided her with footage and news of the Las Vegas shooting mid-interview:


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“Wow, that’s awful. Again, I pray for the victims and hope all this can stop as soon as possible. This thing happening anywhere is a huge tragedy. I will continue to pray for the victims,” she said.

19.

And lastly, when the media tore her apart for the New Year’s Eve debacle — you know when her ear monitors broke, and the production team foiled her:

Don’t worry, though, because despite the media’s horrid treatment of Mariah, the queen remains unbothered, selling out stadiums, topping charts, winning awards, and surpassing only herself and her amazing achievements.


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So, in conclusion, RESPECT MARIAH CAREY, ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTISTS OF ALL TIME. PERIOD. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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