All I Want for Christmas Is Less of this Crap

Recently, I posted the cover of 1994’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. While still thin, the models looked untouched by Photoshopped and not as perfectly flawless as the cover images of today. Here’s another comparison from 1994 — check out the striking differences between Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” music video from 1994 and the re-make from 2011. As you’ll notice, “… the comparison reveals two trends: the rising emphasis placed on consumption and the new hyper-sexualization.”

 

Here’s the original 1994 version. As Sociological Images notes:

“The first video involves Mariah mostly bounding around in the snow in a snow suit. Often acting pretty darn goofy, with dogs and Santa. She spends part of the video inside with kids, a Christmas tree, presents, and more animals. She’s usually wearing a sweater. She spends less than (I’m guessing) 10 seconds of the video in a sexy Mrs. Claus outfit and, when she’s wearing it, it looks like she’s got long johns on her legs.”

 

 

And here’s the new version for 2011. In the new video:

“Instead of a snowy field or an intimate home, the video takes place in a shopping mall. It centrally features a Nintendo product. Likewise, instead of bounding around in the snow like a goof, she spends the entire video up against a wall in super high heels and the sexy Mrs. Claus outfit (except this one doesn’t have sleeves or a midriff). At one point she runs her hand down her body, touching her breast and moving down to her crotch; at another she just leans against the wall with her back to us and swings her butt back and forth.”

 

 

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