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Mariah Carey blames “everybody” (including herself) for NYE disaster

By | Published on Thursday 23 February 2017

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey blames “everybody” for her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance. Though she includes herself in that, so don’t feel too bad about your error.

As previously reported, Carey appeared as the headliner on the annual televised ‘New Year’s Rockin Eve’ show from Times Square in New York on 31 Dec last year. Due to her in-ear monitors not working, she was unable to hear her music and therefore did not sing just before midnight, as had been planned. She attempted to muddle through, but eventually walked off stage early.

Subsequently, she and her manager Stella Bulochnikov made various public statements, which really just drew attention to the fact that it had happened and kept it in people’s minds. Then Carey went on a self-imposed media blackout, which was probably for the best. However, now she’s back and still talking about it.

To be fair, it was Rolling Stone that brought it up, and she begins her response to the question by saying: “I don’t even want to bring this up too much, but whatever, we’re obviously talking about it, the New Year’s Eve situation – that couldn’t be helped”.

She’s polite, see? Anyway, with a bit of distance, she now seems to have a broader perspective on what happened. “This was out of my control, and had everything not been such a total chaotic mess, then I would have been able to make something happen”, she says. “Even the dancers should have stopped dancing and helped me off the fucking stage. I’m sorry. It was a mess, and I blame everybody, and I blame myself for not leaving after rehearsal”.

I’m not sure that really counts as blaming herself, but maybe the real problem is that I don’t understand exactly what she means.

“It’s just something where if I can’t explain it to the entire world, then they’re not going to understand it, because it’s not what they do”, she told Rolling Stone. “Just like I wouldn’t understand somebody who had a desk job and how to do that. I couldn’t. I literally am incapable of being in the real world and surviving”.

Oh Mariah, a desk job is just like a singing job, but without the singing. And fewer in-ear monitors to go wrong. It’s easy really.