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Mariah Turns “Mean Girl” In “Obsessed” Video

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I just watched Mariah's video for "Obsessed," the firstsingle from her new album, "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel," due out on August25.

Good job Mariah. This video is clever and funny. It is yourbest video yet.

I especially like when your Eminem-like character gets hitby a bus. Bam. I didn't know youcould be so mean. I am impressed.

Mariah's husband Nick Cannon said the song is not aboutEminem. "I don't think that she would take her time," Cannon told MTV. "My wifedoesn't beef. She's Mariah Carey. She's not beefin', she's a vegetarian."

Nick Cannon is a good husband. He totally loves, supportsand defends his wife until the end.

But come on. No believes that explanation. If we just lookat the video alone, it is a bit easier to pretend that it is not about Eminemwho took jabs at Mariah and Nick on the song "Bagpipes From Baghdad."

Nick said the video was inspired by the movie "Mean Girls"which is apparently where Mariah borrowed the line, "Why are you so obsessedwith me?"

In the video, Mariah isn't feuding with a rapper. She is beingfollowed by a male stalker, a character she portrays in the Brett Ratnerdirected clip. The creepy goateed stalker pops up as a doorman at her hotel, anassistant on a photo shoot, and follows her as she walks down the street. Shealso plays a character wearing an Eminem-styled fleece hoodie and lives in aMariah shrine with walls lined with her photos.

While an Eminem slant in the video is arguable, there is nodebate that the controversial Slim Shady MC is the subject of Mariah's lyrics.

A week prior to the release of Eminem's "Relapse" album, the"Bagpipes From Baghdad" song leaked. Eminem rapped, "Mariah, whatever happenedto us, why did we ever have to break up?" Then his sarcasm ensued withderogatory references to Mariah and Nick.

A month later, Mariah released "Obsessed" and there was noargument that the song was a response to the rapper she briefly dated yearsago. The song attacks a "delusional" detractor who claims to be "sexin'" her.She blames his drug use for his lies. "Tellin' the world how much you miss me,but we never were so why you trippin'," Mariah sings.

On "Bagpipes" Eminem claimed to have been intimate with Mariah.It is part of the reason why Nick went on a psychopathic rampage after thesong's release. And everyone knows about Eminem's drug problems. His album iscalled "Relapse." Who else could Mariah be talking about?

I understand why Mariah would imply that the song and videoare not about Eminem. It would look bad if Mariah more obviously engaged in apublic feud with Em. As her lyric goes, "[he is] a mom and pop and [she is] acorporation."

I actually appreciate her more subtle digs at the rapper whodisses everyone.

You win Mariah.

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