Mariah, Bieber Ruin Christmas

New music video not exactly well-received
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Updated Dec 4, 2011 10:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Justin Bieber teamed up with Mariah Carey for a new version of her '90s holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and the results are just about as bad as you'd expect. A sampling of the reactions:

  • "Why has the Bieb launched a campaign to traumatize everyone who's old enough to remember the '90s?" moans Margaret Hartmann on Jezebel. His Boyz II Men video was bad enough, but "now he's released a Macy's commercial disguised as a Mariah Carey duet—though we used that term loosely because it sounds like Bieber is just wailing over the old recording of the song."

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  • "It is not so much that Justin Bieber's remix is bad—It's not! It can't be! This song is bad-proof!" writes a forgiving Amanda Dobbins in New York. "It's just that it feels particularly unnecessary, given the wonder that is the original. And when Justin is singing his verse, it's hard not to wish Mariah Elf were singing instead."
  • On Gawker, Matt Cherette calls the video "life-ruining," and wonders what in the world was up with the fact that Carey spent most of it "dressed in a slutty Santa costume, dancing seductively in front of a green screen that was made to look like an artificial stone wall panel."
Not surprisingly, the Huffington Post adds, some parents are less-than-pleased with the flirting between 17-year-old Bieber and 41-year-old Carey in the vid. (Read more Mariah Carey stories.)

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