Singer Mariah Carey has been called out by fans after a viral video shows her using a teleprompter to remember the lyrics to her hit song All I Want for Christmas.
The 52-year-old singer made her return to the 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, closing the show with her hit Christmas song.
She put on an elaborate celebratory performance surrounded by dancers in matching marching attire and her 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe – which officially rang in the holiday season in New York and across the United States.
But one TikToker, Sydney Barinas (Mohr), who was at the parade, noticed a giant screen — out of sight of the cameras, but directly in Carey’s line of sight — was displaying the lyrics as Carey sang and decided to publish the show online. Friday.
“Yes, Mariah Carey uses a teleprompter for the lyrics to her most famous song at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade,” she captioned the video, which has since been viewed more than 5.6 million times.
The video came just a day after the singer – who dubbed herself the Queen of Christmas – was accused of lip-synching the Christmas ballad.
Mariah Carey, 52, made her return to the 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, closing the show with her hit Christmas song
Sydney Barinas (Mohr) noticed that a giant screen – out of sight of the cameras, but directly in Carey’s line of sight – was displaying the lyrics as Carey sang
Fans online were quick to point out that Carey’s pitch-perfect vocals sounded extremely similar to the recorded version of the 1994 track.
One fan wrote: ‘Mariah Carey’s lip sync always EMAILS me because it’s so blatant. Like she wasn’t even trying to hide it.
Another typed: ‘So @MariahCarey doesn’t sing foral anymore? Smh’ while a third typed: ‘Wish I could get paid to stand up and look cute in lip sync like Mariah Carey…that chick didn’t sing a single note.’
Another fan wrote: “And here she is ladies and gentlemen!” The self-proclaimed Christmas queen, Mariah Carey. …and yes, I think she’s lip-syncing.
One fan added: ‘Mariah Carey is lip-synching. What a shock’ while another was typing: What a great performance by #MariahCarey, totally live!! Lol’.
Fans had already berated Carey online after the performance for lip-synching the song
The star’s performance saw an appearance from her twins who danced behind her in Christmas boxes.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Happy Thanksgiving!!! Grateful and so proud of my beautiful children Roc and Roe, grateful for the lambily and for the precious moments in life. Now it really is time!!!’
Her beau Bryan Tanaka commented, “Best performance of the year!!!”
The festive celebration came just days after Carey was blocked from filing the ‘Queen of Christmas’ title
The 52-year-old songwriter carried a jeweled parasol as she made her way to the stage on Thursday
But the performance came just days after Carey was stopped from exclusively dropping the “Queen of Christmas” track by festive singer Elizabeth Chan in a historic victory.
She had filed a trademark application for the phrase in March 2021 – a decision that infuriated party singers Chan, 42, and Darlene Love, 81, the first in court to try to block Carey.
The United States Trademark Trial and Appeals Board ultimately ruled against Carey’s attempt to file the “Queen of Christmas” trademark. He also rejected and denied Carey’s concurrent attempts to register the trademarks “Princess Christmas” and “QOC”.
The It’s Like That singer had requested the exclusive right to use the titles on everything from music to perfume, sunglasses and even coconut milk – in perpetuity and worldwide.
In response to the ruling, Chan said: ‘Christmas is a season of giving, not a season of taking, and it is wrong for any individual to attempt to own and monopolize a nickname like Queen of Christmas for the purposes of despicable materialism.
“As a freelance artist and small business owner, my life’s work is to bring people together for the holiday season, which is how I’ve been called the Queen of Christmas.
“I wear this title as a badge of honor and in full knowledge that it will be – and should be – bestowed on others in the future.
“My goal in taking this fight was to stand up to brand bullying to not only protect myself, but to protect future Christmas queens.”
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