Drop it, Mariah!
By Andy Malt | Published on Monday 9 January 2017
Writing about Mariah Carey’s falling out with Dick Clark Productions last week, we noted that the best course of action would probably be to just drop it now. After all, technical glitches happen on live TV shows, and there’s no point continuing to draw attention to it, blowing it up into a far bigger story than it need be.
If this has somehow passed you by, Carey performed on the annual ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ show from Times Square in New York. Due to her in-ear monitors not working, she was unable to hear her music and therefore did not sing. She attempted to muddle through, but eventually walked off stage early.
Her initial reaction was to tweet that “shit happens”, which is probably where public statements on the matter should have ended. But her manager Stella Bulochnikov subsequently gave several interviews, insinuating that DCP had sabotaged Carey in order to get people talking about the show. Carey herself gave an interview on the subject to Entertainment Weekly three days after it all happened.
So that had already gone too far. But then yesterday, Carey issued a new statement via her Facebook page.
“I haven’t really addressed the situation that happened on New Years Eve and in time I will”, she said in an audio post. “But for now I want everyone to know I came to New York in great spirits and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world. It’s a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalise on circumstances beyond our control”.
She continued: “It’s not practical for a singer to sing live and to be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square, with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke machines, thousands of people celebrating, especially when their ear monitors were not working at all”.
“Listen guys, they foiled me”, she continued still. “Thus it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to celebrate the new year with me. Eventually I will explain this in greater detail to anyone who cares to hear it. I cannot deny that my feelings are hurt but I’m working through this and I’m truly grateful for my fans and my true friends, who have been so supportive in this time”.
So not only is she still issuing statements more than a week later, she has yet more planned for the future. It’s starting to look like it’s Carey who is attempting to draw some sort of mysterious gain from all of this. By the way, Mariah Carey has tour dates coming up, where you can see her singing in all her glory. Tickets still available.