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On Monday, the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” singer appeared for a scheduled interview on Great Morning Britain to promote an upcoming Christmas U.K. tour. However, the air time coincided with initial breaking news about the Las Vegas shooting. Host Piers Morgan, knowing Carey has held residency performances in Las Vegas, decided to ask the singer questions about the recent attack.
In a now viral response, Carey is shown sprawled across a sofa with a bright Christmas tree behind her; voice monotone, face almost emotionless.
“I pray for the victims and hope all these can stop as soon as possible,” Carey said. “You know, I have spent a lot of time in Vegas and this type of thing anywhere happening anywhere is a huge tragedy.”
The interview was cut short soon after to report the news.
Many feel the question surrounding the recent attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival was unfair to push on the singer, who was on the show for a scheduled interview to promote her tour. They have since voiced their opinions across social media, specifically Twitter.
Give Mariah Carey a break. She was on GMB to discuss a Christmas tour not the Las Vegas shooting. It's not her fault she was blind-sided.— Hannibal Flecter (@HannaFlint) October 2, 2017
people are DYING and some people are using this as a time to bash mariah carey for going through with a pre planned interview? fuck off— JD (@festivemoment) October 2, 2017
Mariah Carey had no clue what was going on in Vegas just like a lot of us didn’t and Piers Morgan blindsided her to try and make her look insensitive.— Richey Collazo (@richeycollazo__) October 2, 2017
Morgan took to Twitter to explain his side of the story. Morgan said that asking Carey about Las Vegas was newsworthy, and that he ran the move by her team.
Mariah was booked to do an interview about her UK Christmas tour. Obviously news events in Vegas have now taken precedence. https://t.co/3SxHKPXYen— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2017
We told Mariah's people before the interview.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2017
Her reaction seemed very relevant given she's a performer who often has residence in Vegas. https://t.co/6sVMSUMvHK
But even though fans showed their support, Carey still can’t seem to catch an internet break.
Mariah Carey was interviewed about the Vegas shooting while simultaneously shooting her Christmas special "The Grinch That Stole Taste." pic.twitter.com/Xkzv9FaWVl— Dan (@Social_Mime) October 2, 2017
The singer posted to Twitter after the interview as well, praying for the safety of everyone involved in the attack.
Horrified to hear about the shooting in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Praying for everyone's safety 🙏💔— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) October 2, 2017
Samantha Reichstein is a former intern for the Daily Dot whose work focused on entertainment and politics. She's written for the Bump, the Nest, the Knot, the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Way Magazine, and Broadway World TV.