Mariah Carey blames 9/11, director for failure of ‘Glitter’

Mariah Carey is speaking out about the failure of her first starring film role, Glitter, all those years ago. Mariah knows the film wasn’t that great – in fact, she blames the director in a hilarious aside, saying “But I didn’t have representation or anyone to tell me: ‘What you need is a great director’.” Snort, chuckle. Because that’s why Glitter failed – everyone said, “I really want to see that Mariah Carey movie, but the director sucks.” Of course.

Beyond the bad direction, Mariah knows where to really lay the blame, though. Right at the feet of the terrorists who struck America on September 11th, 2001. Yes, Mariah thinks Glitter would have been received differently if only the release date hadn’t been September 11th. Yes, that must be it:

Mariah Carey says her infamously bad movie debut Glitter failed because of 9/11.

The singer — who stars in new movie Precious – says her semi-biographical film was destined to bomb at the box office as it was released on exactly the same day as the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center eight years ago.

“That movie was released on September 11th, 2001 – could there be a worse day for that movie to come out? I don’t think so,” she said. “I don’t even know that many people even saw the movie so I don’t think it’s the worst thing ever done.”

“Glitter was a learning experience and I wouldn’t do it again if you paid me. But I didn’t have representation or anyone to tell me: ‘What you need is a great director’.”

Carey, 39, recently played down her reputation as a diva — insisting she is simply misunderstood.

“I have been through a lot that’s made me stronger,” she said. “They say: whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So I’ve been through that kind of stuff a few times.”

“A lot of people have very different opinions about me and it’s difficult to face them and to deal with them and to go on and to say: no, actually you’re wrong. I am this, I am not that.”

[From Showbiz Spy]

I don’t have a problem with Mariah generally, she’s pretty harmless. But what started out as a gentle mocking of Glitter is turning into Mariah’s decade-long delusion that she would be a big movie star if only an epically horrible national tragedy struck just when she was trying to make it big in movies. Yes, Mariah is self-absorbed, this is not breaking news. But you’d think that even after all of these years, Mariah would still want to pepper her words with a little perspective. Something like “Glitter wasn’t released at the right time, no one was in the mood for it because we were all terrified and grief-stricken, and my heart still goes out to the 9/11 families.” Something like that.

By the way, this isn’t the first time Mariah has blamed 9/11, or the first time she’s played fast and loose with the quality of Glitter. Several years ago, she famously said, “The talk shows needed something to distract from 9/11. I became a punching bag. I was so successful that they tore me down because my album was at number 2 instead of number 1. The media was laughing at me and attacked me…Glitter was ahead of its time. Today it’s ‘in’ to make 80’s music.” Oh, Mariah. Get a grip.

Here’s the trailer for Glitter

Photos are stills from Glitter, thanks to Allmoviephoto.

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  1. waldemar says:

    Delusional much?

    “Glitter was ahead of its time.” Never thought i would read THAT!

  2. nancy jones says:

    While it is true that nobody was interested in movies at that terrible time, Glitter was a shitheap and Mariah is not smart or deep enough to act convincingly. Her acting made me cringe. When I watched Glitter I felt the chills of embarrasment as acutely as if I were personally responsible for it. I felt humiliated for everyone involved-writer, director, cast,etc. Nothing could have salvaged that film. Not even Meryl Streep as the stupid lead character.

  3. Rosie says:

    Ahead of it’s time? Na, I think it would still suck no matter when it was released. lol

  4. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Oh God please don’t tell me my boyfriend Ewan McGregor was in that film!!! GAH!!

  5. Neelyo says:

    that’s now Ewan MacGregor, some Brit named Max Beesley. The only person who survived this fiasco was Terence Howard and to a lesser degree, Padma Whatshername from Top Chef.

    I saw the movie in the theatre(I LOVE bad campy films!) and it was hilarious. It was 42nd St in NYC and the theatre was empty. There was a huge splat of ketchup in the middle of the screen that was at various times a tear running down her face, sometimes dripping down her cleavage, etc. I kept wondering at what point in the film did some Mariah Carey fan get so pissed off that they finally threw their hot dog at the screen.

    And she forgets to mention that she was already a joke when the movie opened thanks to her embarrassing TRL appearance and speculation about a meltdown involving throwing plates in some hotel. And unlike her videos which are carefully shot to obscure her strange bone structure, GLITTER had tons of full-on close-ups accentuating the weird fullness of her face.

    And finally, the bitch can’t act.

  6. texasmom says:

    My sister and saw it on video and it was just breathtakingly bad!

  7. video_slacker says:

    If I had to choose between watching “Glitter” again or “Gigli” on loop for a week straight, I would choose “Gigli”.

    That’s all I’m going to say.

  8. Anoneemouse says:

    Glitter would have been a great movie if she wasn’t it it.

  9. s_and_a says:

    9/11 was a fucking monday.
    Glitter was released Sept. 20th.

  10. Kitten says:

    9/11 was a tuesday, and her movie was never that important to get a non-Friday release date… didn’t they actually push it back several times, before releasing it?

  11. barneslr says:

    Why do so many actors think they can sing, and so many singers think they can act?

    There are a few that can do both, but most simply cannot.

  12. BlueSkies says:

    Let us not forget that Mariah was in a mental hospital with a nervous breakdown around this time.

  13. Shay says:

    Glitter seemed like it should have been made in 1985.

  14. AC says:

    Glitter is my second favorite SCARY movie, the top honors go to Jawbreaker!!!

  15. terry says:

    that poor old ass bitch! Blaming others for her sorry ass movie.