Mariah Carey blames loopy award speech on “splashes of champagne”


Two nights ago, Mariah Carey got her first big acting award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. While most of us thought “Mariah? Seriously? What kind of insanely tight butterfly dress will she be wearing?” we missed out on the hilarity. You see, Mariah was totally wasted when she went up to collect her award. She was so sh-tfaced she could barely finish a sentence, she began clapping for no reason, and she was basically a big mess. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll give Mariah Carey credit for being a happy, funny drunk. But I do not give her credit for trying to pretend that alcohol-socked speech was the result of “splashes of champagne.” Oh, yes. Because that’s all it takes for butterflies.

Mariah is blaming it on the alcohol.

At Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, the diva, 45, was asked about her sloshy speech Tuesday at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala.

“I don’t even know what it was,” she told reporters. “I heard clapping. You know, Lee [Michaels, Precious director] and I hadn’t seen each other in a long time, and he started right in with all these inside jokes, and I was like, OK.

“We were celebrating and having little splashes, and I hadn’t eaten, and that’s what it was. We were celebrating the movie and all the exciting stuff going on. There’s a time for celebration and a time for not – but really technically, it’s a party atmosphere. We had splashes of champagne. I love Lee, but he’s a bad influence.”

Carey was the butt of jokes by Sean Penn and Jason Reitman, director of Up In the Air.

“I think it feels just as good as Mariah Carey feels right now,” Reitman joked onstage while accepting an award at the show. “I should really leave now. I don’t think it gets better than that.”

[From Us Weekly]

I would respect Mariah more if just came out and said, “I was drunk, and it was fun, stop being such bitches.” But no! It has to be someone’s fault, as if getting drunk at an awards show is some kind of crime: “I love Lee, but he’s a bad influence.” Or am I wrong? Is Mimi such a lightweight that she only needs to drink a few splashes of champagne and her butterfly is praying to porcelain gods?

By the way, here’s the full drunken speech. Mariah is ridiculous:

Mariah Carey at the People’s Choice Awards on January 6, 2010, and at the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 4, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Trillion says:

    Yeah, just fess up and have a laugh Mariah! One of my favorite pastimes is going on YouTube and finding clips of drunk stars on talk shows and game shows from the 70′s. Those were the days. My all time fave is Oliver Reed. When asked why he drank he replied, “Because the finest converstations I’ve ever had have all been in pubs”. I also appreciate those crazy partyers on Match Game.

  2. Goddess711 says:

    Yeah – more like bottles with straws – the girl was an embarassment. That’ll teach ‘em for giving the Pity Award to her!

  3. Sigh. says:

    More like WAVES of champagne.
    You got drunk, you’re legal/not driving, probably thought you’d never win an ACTING award, suck it up.

    But she’s not 45, is she?

    EDIT: And I won’t even comment on her not eating.

  4. Firestarter says:

    No, she isn’t 45, more like 40.

  5. Novaraen says:

    Yeah…she’s 40.

    She should totally just admit she was having fun with the bubbly. :)

    I know I would.

  6. Jeane says:

    She mentioned before that she doesn’t handle alcohol very well. And I’m right there with her, when I have two glasses of champagne I’m pretty tipsy, especially on an empty stomach.

  7. Firestarter says:

    I think people are reading more into her statement than need be. She never denied being tipsy.

  8. BitterBetty says:

    Why is this interesting?

  9. buellblaster says:

    I wanna know how much grease it took to slide into that Spanx dress?

  10. clare says:

    When I watched the clip, I thought she was stoned, not drunk.

  11. asiont says:

    so what? I think she is quite likable thanks to this speech ;P

  12. mel says:

    Actually for once she wasnt acting like a diva… she was ditzy though.

  13. Nicole says:

    i just LOVE mariah…what I would give to spend a day in her beautiful, pink, fluffy, unicorn, rainnbow world. I also ADORE the fact that she just flat out refuses to buy dresses that actually fit…if it’s not two sizes to small don’t bring it to Mariah…LOVE HER!

  14. Kiki says:

    I can’t hate on Mariah. I’ve always liked her. She looks happier with Nick than she’s ever looked…but hey, that could be the booze too! : )

  15. M says:

    I find this hilarious! At least she’s got the good taste to stick to champagne when she gets getting drunk.

  16. Ruffian9 says:

    ‘Splashes?’ Who drinks ‘splashes’ of something? Maybe a ‘splash’ of Diet Coke in my Bacardi…but not Champagne. Maybe if you’re bathing in it…

    Anyways, why even bother making excuses? It’s not like anyone was fooled. Or cared.

  17. yae says:

    Before her little speech, I completely loathed her.

    Well, I kinda like her a LITTLE. Just a smidge. Just for a second, she seemed human.

    I will not, however, forgive that whole lighting up the Eiffel tower incident for this girl’s birthday. That was gross and a waste of money and resources for absolutely NOTHING.

  18. Lway says:

    “Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston: the way they were”

    When are people going to let go of the whole Brad and Jennifer story? Geez, those two have not been together in years…..let it go already

    Just one more thing …. Brad looks a lot more wholesome in the pic shown with Jennifer, but that’s the only credit i’ll give the whole situation

  19. C-DUB says:

    I think she basically did tell everyone she was drunk. “Splashes of Champagne” is just her saying it MiMi style. Personally, I like drunk Mariah.

  20. Vixenella says:

    She was on Larry King Live a couple of months ago,and it was obvious she was either drunk or on something.

  21. Prissa says:

    I think Mariah drinks A LOT. If you notice she rarely walks by herself. She always has someone either holding her hand or guiding her. I used to think it was the heels but it’s probably the alcohol and the heels.

    Still lover her and her weight gain.