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Drunken Mariah Carey Bellies up to the Podium at Palm Springs Film Fest

Drunken Mariah Carey Bellies up to the Podium at Palm Springs Film Fest

In our new daily "this has nothing to do with anything gay or lesbian post," Mariah Carey was a hot drunken and funny mess at the Palm Springs International Film Fest. Bless her.

Poor Mariah Carey. Something always seems to happen to the singer-actress the moment she gets comfortable at the top. Such was the case Tuesday night at the 21st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

In town to collect the festival's breakthrough actress award for her almost unrecognizable role as a social worker in this year's awards contender Precious, Carey seemed almost as incoherent in her "acceptance speech" as she did in 2001 when she cited exhaustion for her Web site rant after her first big-screen film, Glitter, tanked.

Introduced by Precious director Lee Daniels, Carey stumbled around, screeched like a dolphin and made little to no sense, implying during the tirade that she very may well have had too much champagne during the black-tie gala.

Just listen to her "Oh my goodness" opening as she made an effort to begin her remarks.

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Long pauses, asking for the audience to forgive her current state and later mentioning fellow honoree Helen Mirren -- the singer-actress even apologized as she "sometimes I get a little, you know, difficult."


Carey, who in July 2001 left rambling messages on her Web site where she complained of being overworked and only sleeping two hours per night, took a break from public appearances after handing out popsicles to the audience during a taping of MTV's Total Request Live in which she performed what was later described a "striptease."

We know Carey's always been hit and miss, but considering her place in music history - she was the best-selling artist of the 1990s (according to Billboard) and the best-selling female pop artist of the millennium (for which she was recognized at the 2000 World Music Awards) - is it wrong to expect more from her?

Crossing over into serious acting fare in a movie as emotionally tough as Precious, Carey's acceptance speech right in the middle of the film's awards season campaign, doesn't do anything to illustrate that she has a serious attitude toward the craft.

And yes, everyone is entitled to a night of bubbly, but Carey should have used better judgment and done so on a night where she didn't have to make a speech.
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