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Mariah Carey had a big blow up with Nicki Minaj a couple of weeks ago, getting the attention of the entire country and possibly increasing the ratings for the struggling show, “American Idol.” The two had a knock down, drop out argument, consisting of yelling and cussing like nobody’s business. This led to an interview with Barbara Walters, where Mariah Carey said that she feared for her safety and was going to hire additional security to protect her from Nicki and her crew.
This led some to wonder why Barbara Walters only interviewed Mariah and didn’t reach out to Nicki’s team. Why would such a seasoned journalist only want to hear one side of the story? Some say that race may have played a role.
Erica Buddington at Clutch Magazine says that Mariah was allowed to play “frightened white girl in an urban neighborhood” persona to make Nicki look like the aggressor:
After hearing that Mariah was going to “hire extra security” and that Nicki’s behavior made her emotionally uncomfortable, I had to stifle the erupting laughter inside of me. Roman? Pink nails, Barbie cars, overt s*x appeal, give-em’-whiplash Nicki? I was almost determined to delve into Google to make sure there wasn’t another female emcee with the same name.
Buddington also claims that Mariah used a “fairy god mother” tone to act as the dignified peace maker seeking to avoid unnecessary confrontation.
In a phone conversation with Barbara Walters, her sudden fairytale godmother, Mariah expresses a victimized concern — seemingly the innocent Mariah attacked by Nicki’s “otherness.” Her husband, Nick Cannon, also plays into the role with his picture perfect painting of Mariah’s poise. “[Mariah] is the strongest and the classiest woman that I’ve ever met,” he stated. “She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and [the spat] is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes about, the catfights.”
Buddington mentions a feud between Mariah and the rapper Eminem, during which the artist referred to a s****l experience that the two shared in the past. The situation got pretty intense, with both Nick and Eminem sharing some nasty words. She says that, even though Mariah told Barbara that she was going to hire extra security in response to Nicki Minaj, she never once appeared to feel threatened by Eminem:
Although Mariah was called several “b*****s” and “whores” throughout Eminem’s record and was very aware of the ex-gangster crew who he ran with, she never felt it was necessary to hire extra bodyguards or fall into emotive instability. Conversely, an emcee that is immersed in nail polish, fragrance, and pink frightens her to the core. Interesting.
The jig is up Carey. You can’t play the defenseless white-girl-in-distress mode unless you’re actually being threatened by someone … threatening. You certainly can’t play it if you and your husband were the king and queen of call-out during your Eminem fiasco. Your statements are riddled with fear as if Next Friday’s Baby D called your bluff. Where was this trepidation when the Caucasian emcee called you out?