• Mariah Carey, ‘Prude’ — Now There’s Three Words You Wouldn’t Expect to See Together

    Daily Surge Summary: Mariah Carey’s comment reveals how much American culture has fallen. 

    Pop icon Mariah Carey has revealed to Cosmopolitan that, contrary to what might be the commonplace perception, while she’s had some highly publicized romances throughout her career, she was never one to play the field.

    Maria Pasquini (People Magazine) quotes her: “I’ve only been with five people in my life, so I’m kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field.”

    A profession – sort-of – to a kind of semi-chastity – sort of – featured on the pages of Cosmo? A libidinous rag that’s played its own appreciable part in undermining the one-time widely presumed value of sexual purity? File that one under unexpected.

    The five-time Grammy-winning singer wed her first husband, Sony exec Tommy Mottola, in 1993, when she was a newcomer in the industry. Over a decade later, she tied the knot for a second time with Nick Cannon, 38, with whom she shares 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.

    Carey is currently in a relationship with backup dancer and choreographer Bryan Tananka, 36, whom she first began dating shortly after her split from Australian billionaire James Packer.

    So, are we to christen her a modern-day model of abstinence? If so: my, my, my things have changed, degenerated in America even more than I supposed.

    Assuming the forty-nine-year-old superstar chanteuse is being truthful about her sexual history, kudos to her for at least shutting the door where she did. Admittedly, by Hollywood metrics she’s practically a five-octave-warbling nun. (Thus her qualifier: “compared to most others in the field”.)

    I regret that bleak observance, however, says more about contemporary American culture than it does about Mariah Carey herself.

    I guarantee in old Hollywood there was no shortage of reprobates in the film-making community. That said, most of even those had the decency to more or less keep their debaucheries undercover – or maybe under wraps, is a better way to put it. A healthy, overriding social pressure squeezed individuals to keep their sexual depredations – of whatever perverse stripe – to themselves, out of the spotlight.

    Recall Rochefoucauld’s priceless quip about hypocrisy being the homage vice pays to virtue. Even in Tinsel Town, there had operated at one-time a pervasive and prevailing sense that even if people – including entertainment luminaries – didn’t behave themselves properly in private, they should endeavor to do so; and shouldn’t flippantly advertise it when they blew it.  Turpitude existed, sure, but it wasn’t smugly defended, much less cheered on.

    Moral relativism and tirelessly encroaching libertinism, alas, have cancerously gnawed away at these formerly taken-for-granted conventions for several decades now.  As a culture, we’ve drifted from Clark Cable uttering “I don’t give a d*mn” at Gone with the Wind’s denouement or Captain Kirk’s at-the-time edgy “Let’s get the h*ll out of here” in the final moments of Star Trek’s The City on the Edge of Forever to our present, smotheringly profane tawdriness. A film like The Godfather can now screen on regular cable channels in the middle of the afternoon complete with unbowdlerized violence, uncut cursing of every variety and frank nudity. Nowadays, even the blasphemous misuse of God’s name barely merits a bleep-out on big-three, prime-time TV programming.

    Thus, an announcement that a beautiful, world-renowned “diva” has only indulged carnal knowledge with just under half-a-dozen men is newsworthy.

    Image: Adapted from:  WBLS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-ME-4gcB40, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75428253

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