Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber‘s “All I Want For Christmas” duet debuted last night during the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. The best I can say about it is “feel good Christmas music” with a questionably appropriate music video.
Now, Mariah Carey is Mariah Carey. High notes and shaking her spray-tanned booty is what she’s about. It is the way of the world. I think her short-short-short Santa outfit in her “All I Want For Christmas” music video with Justin Bieber pushes the line of good taste. But hey, this is a grown woman obsessed with rainbows, stuffed animals and butterflies that we’re talking about.
No, my discomfort with the “All I Want For Christmas” music video is the flirtation between Mariah and Justin Bieber.
Justin ogles her slutty Santa outfit as she’s posing like a mannequin, kisses her on the cheek and then sidles up to her in a sleigh while she’s giggling and squirming with her Santa get-up barely covering her hoo-ha.
Now, I personally don’t care about the flirting. (Or the slutty Santa outfit. Where can I get one?) But I do care about the double standard that would surely be in place if this were a young female pop star with an older male dude. Everyone would be up in arms if the genders were reversed.
If it were Miley Cyrus being flirty with, say, Harry Connick Jr.? The video would be just as cheesy. But there would be handwringing about how slutty Miley is, she’s flirting with an older man, what kind of message is this sending to the tween girls of America!?!?! The older dude might get a few high fives from “bro” bloggers, but he would also run the risk of portrayed as a “creep” or even a “predator.” It’s unpalatable. But Justin Bieber, it seems, doesn’t send negative messages to the tween girls of America, despite them being his target audience. Instead, he sends the message that it’s A-OK for a younger boy to get all Vili Fualaau with his very own older Mary Kay Letourneau.
To be clear: I don’t really care if Justin and Mariah flirt. He flirts with all older women he comes into contact with, which seems to be part of his scampish-teen-boy-pop-idol schtick. But I’m sick of the double standard this kid enjoys as the result of male privilege. All I want for Christmas? A little fairness.
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