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    19 Times The Media Absolutely 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."


    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:

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    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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    Mariah hung up.

    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 (????):

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    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:

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    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:

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    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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