Clip, which premiered Wednesday night, certainly seems directed at Slim Shady.
By James Montgomery
Mariah Carey tends to do things in a big way — and the video for “Obsessed,” her new single, which debuted Wednesday night on “America’s Got Talent” (the show hosted by her husband, Nick Cannon) is no exception.
While Carey hasn’t commented and Cannon has hedged,
“Obsessed” seems to be a pretty clear dig at Eminem, who grabbed headlines earlier this year with his song “Bagpipes From Baghdad,” on which he claimed to have had a relationship with Carey (which she has denied) and warned Cannon to “back the f— up,” because he wanted her back.
“Obsessed” contains verses that certainly seem directed at Eminem, addressing his admitted former drug problems (“It must be the weed/ It must be the E/ ‘Cause you be poppin’ “), and in the video, she dresses exactly like him, right down to the baggy sweats and aggro posturing — although she’s also sporting a fake goatee, which to the best of our knowledge Em has never rocked. At clip’s end, her pseudo Em is crushed by a speeding bus while attempting to snap a picture of Carey.
And though Cannon has denied that Carey is aping Slim Shady in the video, (“I don’t think she would take her time,” he said. “My wife doesn’t beef. She’s Mariah Carey. She’s not beefin’, she’s a vegetarian”), I think we can all agree that there’s at least a touch of Em in her performance, even if she doesn’t actually look like him (she actually kinda looks like some sort of weird combination of Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda
and Cha’ka from “Land of the Lost”!
Either way, the “Obsessed” video is still plenty big — shot at New York’s Plaza Hotel, directed by “Rush Hour” dude Brett Ratner — and plenty glossy. In a lot of ways, it’s like her other videos, only with an emphasis on comedy (check the adoring gazes her Em dopplegänger flashes while lavishing Carey with a hair dryer). Which means that it might actually signify the return of “Touch My Body” Mariah — remember the video with “30 Rock” star Jack McBrayer?
So, subtlety or no, “Obsessed” seems to speak for itself …