This is one of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from the archive. We hope you don’t mind the re-post!
Stressing remarkable differences between the two, Rachel and Lucy sent in the music videos for the original Mariah Carey version of “All I Want for Christmas is You” (1994) and the re-make (2011). They suggested that the comparison reveals two trends: the rising emphasis placed on consumption and the new hyper-sexualization. I figured, “yeah, I’ll bet they’re onto something there.” And boy were they.
The first video involves Mariah mostly bounding around in the snow in a snow suit. Often acting pretty darn goofy, with dogs and Santa.
She spends part of the video inside with kids, a Christmas tree, presents, and more animals. She’s usually wearing a sweater.
She spends less than (I’m guessing) 10 seconds of the video in a sexy Mrs. Claus outfit and, when she’s wearing it, it looks like she’s got long johns on her legs.
The new video, featuring Justin Bieber, is wildly different. Instead of a snowy field or an intimate home, the video takes place in a shopping mall. It centrally features a Nintendo product.
Likewise, instead of bounding around in the snow like a goof, she spends the entire video up against a wall in super high heels and the sexy Mrs. Claus outfit (except this one doesn’t have sleeves or a midriff).
At one point she runs her hand down her body, touching her breast and moving down to her crotch; at another she just leans against the wall with her back to us and swings her butt back and forth.