Mariah Carey pulls an Imelda Marcos

Nov. 17 —  Mariah Carey is giving capitalism a bad name in China. The over-the-top diva is startling the locals with her massive entourage, backstage demands and a wardrobe that’s large enough to clothe a small, impoverished village.

CAREY LANDED in Shanghai last week and was greeted by a caravan of eight vehicles — including four cars designated to carry her 60 pieces of luggage.
Carey was booked to stay at the presidential suite at the Hilton, but demanded to be moved to a suite with more feminine wall colors.
She was mobbed at a press conference, but reporters were told they could ask no personal questions and could take no pictures. “The reason, the local organizer said, was that camera flashes and the ‘clicking’ sound of the shutters would put Carey off,” reported the Shanghai Star.
Pictures of Mariah’s mountains of luggage were plastered all over the papers, but the detail seemed to elicit the most interest was the news that Carey reportedly brought 350 pairs of shoes with her. Carey, despite repeated questions from reporters, could not fully explain why she needed 350 pairs of shoes for her concert, and her rep didn’t return The Scoop’s diligent calls. But one paper in China reported: “In spite of her ostentatious and uncooperative attitude to the local media, the tickets for her concert . . . sold out very quickly.”


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