Thursday, March 27, 2008
Quick: what are Mariah Carey’s greatest assets? If you said anything other than humor and wit, you’d be wrong. Well…debatably wrong. But wrong nonetheless.
With the release of her video for “Touch My Body,” Carey artfully wedges into the Superbad/Napolean Dynamite geitzeist, trading love strokes with “CompuNerd” Jack McBrayer (of 30 Rock fame). While Mariah performs the requisite video seduction—lolling in lingerie, showing a zip-code’s worth of cleavage, etc—she and a smitten McBrayer battle in Guitar Hero, play laser tag, and jump on the bed while McBrayer sports a bow tie and red “love rocks” wife beater.
Carey sells the role entirely, never breaking the steamy motif. McBrayer, meanwhile, is all geek. In other words, replacing Carey with Will Ferrell would yield a comedy smash, while keeping Carey and replacing McBrayer with a male model would result in a fetus.
With the public sure to be split between two defensible reactions—“What?” and “That’s funny”—let this entry cast a ballot for the latter. With Carey inexplicably reclaiming the diva mantle (if not the vocal throne) and McBrayer remaining calm enough to act while mere inches from Carey’s Special Places, the success of “Touch My Body” is undebatable. Well…debatably undebatable. But undebatable nonetheless.
Stay Technosavvy, Mariah