Claim: In a 1996 interview, Mariah Carey said the following:
“When I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean, I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”
Origins: After a satirical (and fictitious) Mariah Carey “interview” appeared on the Internet in a web publication called Cupcake in early 1996, the damaging sentence cited above was lifted from it
and quoted in VOX magazine (a British culture/movie/music publication), from which the British newspaper The Independent picked up the story in May. The quote spread like wildfire on Internet newsgroups beginning in June, and by August the quote was being reprinted (without question or verification) by dozens of newspapers and magazines throughout the world (including Ms. magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle‘s usually reliable columnist Herb Caen). The quote was frequently attributed by news reports as having been uttered by
Ordinarily such obviously satirical material doesn’t gain such widespread currency, but sometimes it does when it strikes a particularly resonant chord with the public, as this quote
Mariah Carey is regarded by some as an unsophisticated “pop diva” with the pretty face and figure who has achieved massive success by appealing to the lowest common denominator in musical taste and cranking out empty, soulless
Carey has actually engaged in a number of philanthropic efforts, including performing benefit concerts to raise money for Camp Mariah, a camp for impoverished city youths in Fishkill, N.Y.
Last updated: 24 September 2007
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