EST. 1997: Oh my god, Mariah Carey, what happened?!

What happened, Mariah?!

I’m certain that thought is going through the minds of many people who watched Mariah Carey’s New Years Eve performance just before the ball dropped. I’m also certain that the majority of the people who click this based on the headline, are probably hoping to read a scathing piece ridiculing Mariah for her performance. But that’s not what this is going to be; sorry to disappoint you if so, but I do hope you keep reading.

I’ll be honest, I was horrified as I watched it. Indeed, it was an embarrassment for Mariah; there’s no doubt about that. But, okay, it was a horrible mistake; can we move on? This is not Ashlee Simpson at Saturday Night Live. Mariah Carey is not a new artist; she has proven her talent for over 25 years. Yes, she’s had some bad performances, but the good outweigh the bad. No, she can’t sing like the 90s anymore, but she can still sing – quite well, in fact. Are you the same as you were when you were 20 years younger? Probably not.

The Response

What is most troubling about the public’s response to this event, as with other similar events experienced by other celebrities of Mariah’s stature, is that it is so overwhelmingly negative and hateful. I mean, I can’t say I am too surprised: the negativity and hate is coming from the same country that elected Donald Trump to be its President. However, in the wake of the death of so many icons this year, like Prince and George Michael, I would think that people would be a bit more forgiving of the fact that our aging legends like Mariah Carey are, well, only human.

Instead of ridiculing Mariah Carey for this, instead of saying “rest in peace” to her career and writing her off for good, how about showing her some love instead? Why not thank her for her pioneering innovations that changed and shaped the sound of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop and Holiday music forever? I know it’s human nature for people to be so engulfed in negativity and controversy and take the good things for granted, but really, we need to be more cognizant of this.

When Mariah Carey gives a great performance, it won’t go viral unless it’s mind-blowingly out of this world. To be frank, the chances of that happening are slim to none for a multitude of reasons. However, undoubtedly, this performance will go viral because people live to laugh at the expense of others. Instead of spreading love to Mariah, who is probably horrified and ashamed by this, why do people choose to spread disdain for her?