OPINION – It has been a few days since Mariah Carey’s dreadful performance during New Year’s Eve that left those who watched it horrified at how Carey’s vintage and accomplished voice appeared to be noticeably absent. Well, Carey’s camp is blaming technical problems that the show producers were allegedly aware of at the time. Carey’s camp also stated that ABC continued with the technical failures for ratings. Here is part of what Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov said:
“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly magazine on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.
Social media is having a field day and are still dragging Carey to hell and back for the mishap. I read Carey is now irrelevant and that her career is over and she needs to retire. Then I saw a meme (because that is what a lot of people on social media like to do nowadays). The person posted a picture of Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande (who I am not a fan of due to her shady character issues) who’s powers were stolen by Grande, and now she reigns supreme.
I am going to be honest, I was never a fan of Carey as a person maybe because I always thought she was too much of a diva. I did enjoy her receipts, you know her music, which catalog spans a total of 18 number one hit songs, (which leads all current solo artists in the present) in case one lost count. Furthermore, she has over 200 million records sold nationwide, 5 Grammy awards, and other stellar accolades. Yes, I brought receipts to the party because by the looks of things folks forgot all about that tidbit because creating a dragging session without receipts is disingenuous to me.
Carey’s accomplishments, always seem to be diminished and ignored by social media when an artists make a mistake or do not perform like their receipts. Some of us never take that into consideration, before salivating at the mouth to demean artists when they slip up and not perform up to their past success. Some can’t wait to make fun of one’s failures, just for the sake of social media high fives (likes, re-tweets). Unwarranted dragging is the new age of social media, where no matter how much successful things one has accomplished, that is ignored when the lights are dimmed, and the clapping cease. Receipts are shredded or thrown in the trash like they never existed. Unless the artists are no longer here in the physical, then we see all the tributes and saying how they were the storybook of their lives when they were growing up, and how they will miss them.
After the horrific year, we had in 2016, with some of the great voices that have left us. Maybe we need to celebrate the living and their accomplishments, while they are still here instead of celebrating their failures with social media pitchforks, gathering friends and family to perform a dragging session as part of one own psychological way of feeling good about themselves when others fail.
I have participated in my share of dragging celebrities (hi Kim Burrell), but mostly it is to place a foot on their necks via social media for problematic things they say or do that is detrimental to my community. Some of us get off at dragging celebrities, rather than highlight their past accomplishments until they are no longer here. We love to do this, but I often wonder those who are dragging Mariah Carey have ever failed in life, who also have receipts of past accomplishments (resumes, degrees), but are fortunate because those who witness their failures aren’t millions of television watchers and social media pundits.
So, don’t worry Mariah; I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I got your back. I kept a copy of your receipts, for a rainy day, just in case folks forgot what you have done and not wait until you are no longer here to hear the applause. I like to celebrate those in the present, rather than wait until those who have transitioned; we should all try it sometimes and that goes for everyone, celebrity or not.
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