"I don't want to be in that gang"
Mariah Carey‘s fans have found themselves in an awkward spot online after launching an unexpectedly problematic hashtag.
The #JusticeForGlitter campaign emerged on Twitter last week and saw Carey’s fans launching a well-intentioned bid to revive the reputation of the maligned 2001 Glitter soundtrack, which accompanied her semi-autobiographical movie of the same name.
But despite their best efforts, it hasn’t successfully translated to a UK audience. Instead, many are pointing out think that it sounds like an unlikely show of solidarity for shamed musician Gary Glitter. .
Posting on Twitter, one user responded: “I don’t want to be in that gang”.
Another reasoned: “Perhaps not one to pursue in the UK.”
For the uninitiated, it’s arguable that the hashtag could appear to be a campaign for Gary Glitter, the former glam rock star who has been convicted of possessing child pornography, attempted rape, indecent assault and having sex with a girl under the age of 13 between 1975 and 1980.
Glitter, real name Paul Francis Gadd, was convicted to 15 years in jail in February 2015.
As for the album itself, it debuted to Carey’s lowest ever first-week sales when it was released on September 11, 2001. At the time, Carey was reportedly receiving psychiatric care in hospital.
Discussing the new campaign, Carey told Andy Cohen last month :”‘Since the Lambily got Glitter to No. 1, they’ve lifted this huge burden of having to feel, like, “I can’t do stuff from Glitter” ’cause nobody knows it, or whatever.’”
Meanwhile, Mariah will return to the UK later this month for a huge Christmas themed tour.