1. Honey – video: Escaping evil tyrants in suits who’ve tied her up, diving off the balcony of an island mansion into a pool with high-heels, to then dance with sailors while singing about how she wants their honey all over her. Suggesting that she has more fun with sailors than moguls. Implicit butterfly reference.
2. We belong together – video: Running away from a wedding with a hot guy who’s not the groom, escaping another evil looking mansion, wearing the very same wedding gown worn during her nuptials with Tommy Mottola. They must have adjusted the bust. Themes of escape etc.
While initially I was trying to connect her butterfly fixation to ideas of the “collector”, and the various creepy serial killer connotations that holds, now a more modest realisation seems perfectly clear: the one and only theme Mariah has been exploiting for the last decade + has been her escape from the apparently evil and controlling Tommy Mottola, Sony CEO and ex-husband. There is absolutely nothing else. She hasn’t escaped to anything, she’s just always escaping. The way she frames her career is still about this new freedom that she has, but that’s all. Nothing else. I could speculate further, but the real reason I wanted to write something about Mariah was so I could share Tim’s thoughts on the matter, having captured much more efficiently her essence in this recent communication: