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.
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).
“All I Want for Christmas is You” (1994):
“All I Want for Christmas is You” (2011):
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