Mariah Carey confuses Jennifer Aniston for Reese Witherspoon during powerful Power Of Women speech

Metro Entertainment 1 month ago
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Mariah Carey accidentally mixed up Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston (Picture: Getty/Variety)

Mariah Carey accidentally mixed up Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston when the prompter for the Variety Power Of Women lunch cut out.

The singer joked that she knew it was going to break and then riffed that luckily she had the cue cards, telling the audience: ‘This prompter thing? I predicted it. This is why I have cue cards because I was watching Reese Witherspoon doing her speech – I am completely off speech right now – why can’t it be the one that’s right in front of you?

‘Oh Lord, well I will just get into it and trust these prompters will work.’

Only it wasn’t Reese giving the speech but Jennifer, her fellow honoree.

Easy mistake, Mariah.

The superstar was honoured for her work with the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Maria, which she started 25 years ago and to which she showed off her trademark humour, adding: ‘If you don’t see what an accomplishment that was for a two-year-old child.’

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The superstar was honoured for her work with the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Maria (Picture: Variety)

‘I was 18 years old when I got my first record deal. A lot of very powerful men controlled my career — what I wore, who I worked with, and every aspect of my overall image,’ she added, speaking passionately about sexism and racism in the industry.

‘Believe me, that can be very intimidating and confining to a young girl just getting started, trying to express herself artistically. It took a lot of hard work, inner strength and believing in myself, but slowly I gained the courage to emerge from that stifling control by a group of men.’

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‘A lot of very powerful men controlled my career,’ (Picture: Getty)

She also spoke of her twins, Monroe and Morroccon, and added that she knew Monroe’s experiences would be shaped different to her brother simply because she was a girl.

But Mariah thanked ‘each woman in this room and all the women who have come forward’ with their stories of harrowing experiences and to cheers from the audience, concluded: ‘Above all, they’re triumphs over the misogynistic society of corporate a**** that we deal with every day’.


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