Mariah Carey's Fallout
A Better Start To 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' For Mariah
Bad Things Sometimes Happen
Much has been made of Mariah Carey's New Years Eve performance on TV. She only sang bits and pieces of one of her biggest songs, "Emotions," and generally looked as though she didn't have much of a clue what was going on. She got lambasted by reviewers and by those following the performance on social media.
I didn't actually see the performance originally; I was exhausted and crashed hard in my bed at around 8:30 at night. I have, however, seen videos of it, and it looks really bad for Mariah. For a performer of her caliber, you could tell something really unfortunate had occurred, and she was the one who was wearing egg on her face as a result.
Now, I'm not the world's hugest Mariah Carey fan and never have been. That said, I recognize her significant talent, and I do enjoy some of her work, particularly her music from 1990 when I was just graduating high school - there's a certain nostalgia that comes with particular songs for me. Like so many other great artists, though, I found she became hugely overplayed, and my interest in her as a singer waned somewhat, though I loved some of her early work.
I offer that explanation as a preface to my acknowledgement that after 20-plus years in the music industry, Mariah Carey should be aware that crap sometimes happens during shows, and there's only so much a crew can do to fix problems. I've seen musicians stall for time as they try to get something working the way they need it to, and they do so quite comfortably with a great deal of patience and class. There should have been some sort of skill set that Mariah Carey could have drawn on in order to seem more comfortable during what appears to have been a huge flaw in her performance. Instead, she seemed very ill at ease and almost stiff as she tried to inspire the crowd to sing the words of her song.
That said, she does not deserve the fallout she's been getting for almost two weeks, now.
An Unhappy Mariah
A Bit Of Crime Doesn't Hurt Anyone, Right?
There has been quite a bit of fingerpointing since the disastrous performance that occurred on New Year's Eve from both sides. Mariah Carey has said that a combination of factors led to the performance effectively falling apart on her end, including that there was no rehearsal for "Emotions" and that she couldn't hear the music in the earpieces she had on. She has also said that producers for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve had decided to "foil" her performance, thereby making for good television.
"Thus it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me," Carey said in the video she posted to Twitter.
The production team behind the show, however, said that Mariah Carey had declined a sound check and noted that she should have been able to hear the prerecorded music.
I understand the fingerpointing and the blame game - this sort of thing happens in "real life" regularly. Something does not go as planned, and everyone involved points at each other and says, "It was him! (or her...)" Very rarely do people step up to the plate and say, "I messed up," which would make things so, so much easier, wouldn't it?
What doesn't help is that Mariah Carey has always been one to live life very much loudly and in the public eye. She doesn't do that to the extent of say, any Kardashian, but she is a highly visible public figure, and as such, she doesn't really have an opportunity to privately nurse her wounds and move on.
What also doesn't help are people who think they have the right to get involved when they are so far removed from the situation an entire continent could exist between themselves and the involved star. What I'm talking about is the person or people involved in vandalizing Mariah Carey's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. The star was seen within the last couple of days with a blue spraypainted question mark after the name, implying that perhaps Mariah Carey is not a star worthy of this honor.
It doesn't matter what people think in this case. No one deserves to have a rightfully earned honor taken from them like that. Sure, vandalism happens all the time, but I don't think people are fully aware of the trickle-down effect of such a simple act of vandalism, particularly in this case.
It reportedly cost $1500 USD to fix the star, for starters, and now there's an investigation ongoing as to who may have vandalized it. As a result, there are police detailed to investigate, in addition to the countless other cases they might be investigating. That means the police have that much more to worry about.
It's kind of like going to the emergency room if you have a cold. Don't complain about the long lines in clinics if you're one of those causing the system to be a little more plugged up for something minor.
I'm not trying to say that vandalism is a minor offence, although in the grand scheme of things, it is. What I'm saying is that the person or people who vandalized this star have just tasked an overburdened police force (and most are overburdened, or at the very least, incredibly busy) to investigate something that shouldn't have occurred. Regardless of how you feel about Mariah Carey one way or another, vandalizing her star is not the way to express any displeasure you might feel about her performance New Year's Eve.
What has occurred as an unintentional result is more work for police, which ultimately means more cost passed down to the taxpayer. I'd bet whoever vandalized the star didn't consider that.
And who pays the $1500? The Hollywood Walk of Fame does, and while for many stars, $1500 is a mere drop in the bucket, it's a $1500 that shouldn't have needed to be incurred.
I know that there isn't anything like a manhunt going down for the person responsible for the vandalism, but do you really think that police officers would be thrilled to have yet another file added to their huge stack of work to do?