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Mocking Mariah: Carey gets the Colbert treatment

Sydney Morning Herald logoSydney Morning Herald 4/01/2017

As Mariah Carey can tell you, "shit happens", then memes happen and then the late night hosts happen.

The singer's televised New Year's Eve performance in New York's Times Square was hit by gremlins of some sort – Carey's people saying technical difficulties meant she couldn't hear anything; the producers saying nothing went wrong at their end; everybody else wondering "what the … ". While hardly the first, or last, live TV moment where things went wrong, it left her not singing, not dancing and not looking happy and quickly became the butt of online jokes and gratuitous life advice.

Was she miming? Did it matter? How awkward was that dance routine? And who ordered the feathers?

Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP) © Greg Allen Mariah Carey performs at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

While seemingly relaxed about the debacle, posting a video online saying that "shit happens", with a shrug, and that she was looking forward to "making more headlines in 2017", Carey has disappeared from public view since New Year's Eve.

In her place are people like talk show host Stephen Colbert who, after declaring he was "on Team Mariah", opened his show this week with a parody of Carey's performance including dancers, feathers and technical difficulties of his own.

There may yet be life in this joke.

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