Mariah's World

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Singer's reality series blends hard work, shallow pursuits.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Going on tour is hard work. Balancing career, relationships challenging. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Carey is a loving mother, is sometimes over-the-top with adults.

Violence

Arguments, yelling, etc; a video features fantasy violence. 

Sex

Lots of strong innuendo, raunchy flirtations; Carey dresses in skimpy outfits, lingerie. 

Language

Lots of bleeped cursing.

Consumerism

It promotes Carey, her music, and concerts. Apple products everywhere. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails), marijuana use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mariah’s World, a reality show that follows singer Mariah Carey as she goes on a whirlwind European tour, features lots of arguing, bleeped cursing, drinking, and marijuana use. There’s also a lot of sexual innuendo, ranging from Carey’s skimpy outfits to over-the-top flirtations. Fans of Carey's unique personality will be drawn to it, but it isn’t an ideal choice for young viewers. 

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What's the story?

MARIAH’S WORLD follows singer Mariah Carey as she prepares for and goes on a 25-country European tour. Carey, along with friend and manager Stella Bulochnikov, are joined by a crew of 82 people including tour assistant Molly Angany, creative director Anthony Burrell, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, and music director Big Jim Wright. Also joining them is choreographer/dancer Bryan Tanaka, who performed with Carey years before. As they work non-stop to make a success of it, somehow the singer must plan her wedding with fiancé James Packer. Occasionally joining the fray is Carey’s ex-husband Nick Cannon, and their children, Monroe and Moroccan. 

Is it any good?

This reality series reveals the hectic drama that accompanies a famous performer as they plan and embark on a world tour, but it's ultimately an exercise in narcissism. In Mariah’s World, the diamond-clad Mariah Carey spends endless moments speaking to the cameras in expensive, skimpy attire. She attempts to add some humor by featuring her alter ego Bianca Storm (played by Carey), a vindictive reporter with a bad British accent, but it's not her strong suit. 

Carey is incredibly hardworking, and her love for her children seems genuine. However, she also exhibits lots of wild behavior, including consuming marijuana-laced treats, throwing and breaking things across rooms, and engaging in hyper-sexualized flirtations with dancers off-stage. While her artistic success is apparent (and admirable), these activities make her less than an ideal role model. But there's no doubt that Mariah’s World is a treat for her true fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about seeing popular celebrities engaging in questionable or risky behavior, like on Mariah’s World. How does it make you feel when you see a celebrity such do inappropriate things? Even if they are adults, should they be doing these things on camera? More importantly, should you follow their lead?  

  • What is it really like for a singer or celebrity to go on a concert or promotional tour? What are the challenges? Is there anything fun about it? Does Mariah’s World make it seem glamorous, or really hard work?

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For kids who love reality TV

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