By now, the public has come to embrace Mariah Carey and all that she brings to the table. She's a diva and we accept her for who she is, larger-than-life personality and all.
So it comes as no surprise that her recent interview with Rolling Stone is jam-packed with sound bites any editor would salivate over, particularly about her unfortunate New Year's Eve performance.
In Carey's defense, Dick Clark Productions gave her and her team lip service all day leading up to the live show. Carey's attempts to confirm sound checks were met with "yah, yah you'll be fine when you go live." When the time came for Carey to perform a medley of her hits, DCP had failed her.
"I used to get upset by things," Carey told Steve J. Horowitz. "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. 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."
DCP issued a statement denying any wrongdoing, but Carey's been in the music business long enough to identify a problem and whose fault it is.
"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," Carey said about the sound failure. "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."
I mean, that's fair. I would never hand Carey a FedEx envelope and say, "This needs to be dropped off at the nearest FedEx location by 5:00 p.m. No later." Nor would I ever instruct her to take notes on an hour-long meeting or ask her to train an intern.
Like Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, Carey's reputation as a diva is well-earned, and curse the man or woman who dares accuse her of f**king up a sound check.