Mariah Carey always dominates the holiday season thanks to her unforgettable single All I Want for Christmas Is You, but right now she’s drawing unwanted attention for a regrettable hashtag that appears to support a notorious British pedophile.
Diehard fans of “Mimi” started the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter to raise awareness of the apparently underrated soundtrack to Carey’s 2001 box-office flop, Glitter.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) December 3, 2018
While the viral campaign was successful, the hashtag hasn’t played well overseas in the UK. Why? Because it seems to wrongly imply that Garry Glitter, a reviled pop star turned sex criminal, is innocent of his ghastly crimes.
Those unfamiliar with Mariah Carey’s discography were shocked by #JusticeForGlitter.
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) December 3, 2018
At first glance, #JusticeForGlitter appears to follow the trend of creating a hashtag for someone who’s experienced injustice at the hands of police brutality or a wrongful conviction.
Yet British Twitter users were taken aback by the apparent notion that Gary Glitter somehow deserves anything but the 15-year prison sentence he’s currently serving.
People are ridiculing the hashtag that unwittingly appears to support a sex criminal.
Not really the best hash tag in the UK #JusticeForGlitter is a problem here as it defends a pedofile
— Codex9 (@The_codex9) December 3, 2018
— Liam (@ImNotSuperMan96) December 3, 2018
Some Mariah Carey fans are upset the hashtag’s intended meaning has been twisted.
The fact that #JusticeForGlitter was obviously meant to pay homage to the Glitter Soundtrack and you still managed to try to turn it into something that it clearly wasn't meant to be is utterly nonsensical.
— #Lambily (@MCsButterflies) December 3, 2018
Literally everyone in the UK thinks that ????
— Joe Collins (@joecollins9876) December 3, 2018
— tayliberal swileftist (@DelicateOutsold) December 3, 2018
UK…how about you STFU and leave #JusticeForGlitter alone? Tbh tho that hash tag is stupid.
— ST. DRKHLM (@DRKHLM) December 3, 2018
British people can’t help but feel conflicted when seeing the awkward hashtag.
So I just came across the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter.
Not one that translates very well once it reaches this side of the pond…
— Anunnaki (@Sam_bitious) December 3, 2018
Th news that Mariah Carey fans are starting th hashtag #JusticeForGlitter, in support of her album is th best news I've heard in ages. Definately, DEFINATELY can't see it going wrong. At all. pic.twitter.com/aIowCILbc5
— Lew,Is. (@Lew_magenta) December 3, 2018
— Mark Powlett (@Markonair) December 3, 2018
But some Mariah Carey fans continue to use the hashtag to promote her underrated movie soundtrack.
— Simone's Leotard (@RoRoKnows) December 3, 2018
— Marco Oliveira (@marcomvp_08) December 3, 2018
Mariah Carey’s adoring fanbase helped push the almost 20-year-old album into the iTunes Music charts Top 10. But was it worth the international mockery?
Glitter’s disco-themed soundtrack totally rules, but perhaps fans should spam a hashtag that doesn’t have such a painfully awkward double meaning.