Mariah Carey’s new memoir should be a lesson in the art of the shadow, given its artfully vague reference to Jennifer Lopez.
The book – iconically named The meaning of Mariah Carey – is September 29, 2020.
In an early review of the release, LA Times writer Rich Juzwiak observes:[Mariah] is often funny, never more than when he refuses to print Jennifer Lopez’s name, instead referring to her rival as “another female artist on [Sony] (that I do not know) “.
Juzwiak explains this as “a flashing reference to the definitive Diva Shadow meme, a 2003 interview in which Carey was asked about Lopez and replied,” I don’t know her. “
Can you believe this moment is 17 – and surely one of the earliest meme examples of all time ?!
Elsewhere in the review, Juzwiak says, “Carey’s life story has the arc of fiction: a literally crumpled tale of wealth that turns into a poor little rich girl’s song, then cascades into the making. of self and artistic emancipation.
“’I had no frame of reference for normal,’” writes Carey. “What seems difficult to live is fascinating to read.”
Speaking about the famous ‘I don’t know her’ quote in 2018, Mariah told Pitchfork, “I was really trying to say something nice or not say anything at all. I really was.”
Mariah – known for her hits like “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby” – added memes and GIFs that she typically inspired: “Some of them [I’ve seen], Yes. It is what it is. You have to accept it. “
Gay icon Mimi had previously been heralded as the headliner of this year’s Brighton Pride, until the event was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As a consolation, and because it’s never too early, we suggest you watch this.