Do People Hate Celebrities, Women, or Female Celebrities?

So, Mariah Carey may be pregnant.  Or not.  Whatever.

Here’s how ABC is choosing to report this:

Mariah Carey has been dodging baby-on-board rumors for months, but these days the media has radically escalated its speculation. Blame it on the non-concealing outfits that Carey wore at her concert in Brazil this past weekend.

That bitch and her non-concealing outfits and her dodging.  It’s like it’s her business and not our business or something.  That’s ludicrous.  So, what is a media outlet to do?  I say they blame the female celebrity and her alone.  In fact, they should insinuate that she is an attention whore and is simply looking for attention by getting herself pregnant and then not telling us about it.  Let’s see how ABC chooses to handle this, shall we?

They mean this picture, btw:

Yeah, she looks really, really pregnant here.  But it’s not just that she looks it.  It’s that she hasn’t TOLD us, her public, that she is, in fact, pregnant.  And we need, need, NNEEEEDDDD that confirmation.  And since she has been open about shit in the past, we deserve need that same openness now.  That’s the only thing that is fair.  Right, ABC?

As celebrity watchers affix proof-of-pregnancy explanations to Carey’s decisions [You mean you, ABC?] – the “Precious” star reportedly dropped out of a new Tyler Perry movie project – husband Nick Cannon addressed the rumors with listeners of his radio show early this week. People.com reported Cannon’s message: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it time and time again – when my wife feels like talking about whatever she wants to talk about, you will hear it directly from her.”

But ABC isn’t about to talk to you about male celebrities whose famous wives may be pregnant and the decision that those men have made to play the coy game on their radio show.  And I don’t think he should be going around telling his wife’s business if she doesn’t want him to, but why doesn’t the article say anything about what he may or may not be getting out of this hush-hush position?  Oh, that’s right.  Because it is so much easier to focus on women, especially those we like to call “divas”, being calculating.  It’s all about the ladies, milking the PR:

Experts do notice, however, the seeming contradictory stances of many female celebrities. On the one hand, some starlets desire to be media darlings and the focal point when it comes to looks, fashion, romantic partners and what they’ve eaten for dinner. But on the other, they opt to be totally mum about confirming they’re pregnant.

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Why the duality?

Yes.  Why, oh, why?  If they let the media in on their dinner choices, then everything else is fair game.  Oh, it gets so good and judgy right here:

It’s simple, suggested Patricia A. Farrell, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and the author of “How to Be Your Own Therapist: A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Back Your Life.” Whether the celeb confirms or denies, she wins.

“When a female celeb denies her pregnancy, both the press and the fans gets played,” said Farrell. “The pregnancy, whether confirmed or denied, is in the service of getting more ink and playing the p.r. game. This compunction to tease is even more useful when she’s fallen a few rungs off the media ladder and wants the newly-generated interest in her medical condition to boost her standing.”

That Ms. Farrell.  I like her.  Don’t you?  She makes so much sense and seems so fair in her assessment.  I’m sure she knows plenty of these women she is talking about in a personal way and has deduced from their conservations that this is what is going on with someone like Mariah Carey.

The only reason a really famous woman (especially an older-ish woman – Carey is 40) would want to keep her pregnancy mum is to help boost herself back up that media ladder.  Because the only thing that matters about “her medical condition” (by which you mean her pregnant body in which she has grown a placenta and now is growing a fetus) is that it can “boost her standing.”  You, Ms. Farrell, suck.

Maybe what that celeb is winning is not having to send out a press release when there are problems with her pregnancy or, worst case, a miscarriage (especially after she and her husband have said that this is something very important to them, that they desperately want to be parents).  Maybe what that celeb is winning is a few more moments of people not focusing on her growing body or her maternity clothes (things that lots of regular lady folk don’t like dealing with when they are pregnant).  No, can’t be that.  Those ladies just want the “ink”.

Of course, Farrell admits that maybe the media itself does play a role in this “game” that is outside of whatever the celeb wants:

The celeb, of course, seldom needs to encourage the media. As far as the paparazzi are concerned, either a baby bump or a dress that attempts to conceal a pregnancy – even when there is none – is “proof” of impending motherhood, said Farrell. No matter what tactic the celeb uses to conceal or reveal, the media will interpret clothing choices to their liking, and look for the best camera angle to highlight an excessive belly curve. The celebrity benefits from media attention no matter what. “She can’t lose,” said Farrell.

Unless she loses her baby.  But who the fuck cares about that?  We are’t talking about actual people. We’re talking about celebrities.  Female ones at that.

But ABC, on page 2 of their article, at the end, does say this:

Some female celebrities, however, genuinely want to keep their pregnancies off the media radar for the first trimester, said Sills, given the emotional risk that comes with announcing the pregnancy early on. If there’s a miscarriage, you’re forced to share a loss publicly that you would have preferred to keep private, she said.

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And, added Drew, from a public relations standpoint, questions about the miscarriage seem to pop up “like a very bad footnote” with great regularity at every interview following the tragedy. The solution?

“Privacy enhances your emotional well being,” said Sills.

It’s a chunk of wisdom that Mariah Carey seems to be putting to very good use.

So, we can’t complain about their coverage, right?  It’s totes balanced.  I do like how they say “some female celebrities” to make it clear that Carey may be part of the “not some.”  Of course, the woman is quoted as saying that a miscarriage is equivalent to a bad footnote.  Sorry, a “very bad” footnote.

Excellent reporting, ABC. Thanks.  Us ladies, we won’t forget it.

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