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Mariah Carey’s Twitter Account Was Hacked And The Hackers Definitely Have Some Thoughts On Eminem

Mariah Carey is starting off the new year in the beautifully messy way only Mimi could. The legendary vocalist made history becoming the first artist in history to top the Billboard charts in four different decades with the single “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” On the flipside, Carey’s Twitter account was hacked on New Year’s Eve and it tweeted some unsettling things about her alleged former fling and musical nemesis Eminem.

Hackers unleash the N-word and Eminem thirst tweets from Mariah’s account.

The hackers identified themselves a the Chuckling Squad. The same group that hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in August and celebrities like Chloe Grace Moretz. Things like “Eminem has a little penis” and “Yo that diss track on Eminem was hard” were tweeted from the “Obsessed” singer’s account to her 21.4 million followers. 

“Confirming the account was hacked. As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised account and are currently investigating the situation,” a Twitter spokesperson toldThe Hollywood Reporter

By the mid-afternoon of New Year’s Eve, the incident had been resolved. The Elusive Chanteuse tweeted before midnight, “I take a freaking nap and this happens.” It’s always nice to see celebrities have a sense of humor about these kinds of things. 

The Chuckling Squad has done this kind of thing before.

The Chuckling Squad has been notorious for taking over the Twitter accounts of high profile users, including Dorsey the platform’s founder. In August, a loophole allowed the hackers to infiltrate his account. 

“The phone number associated with the account was compromised due to a security oversight by the mobile provider. This allowed an unauthorized person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number. That issue is now resolved,” Twitter said after Dorsey’s hack

At the time, Twitter disabled the function to tweet via SMS or text message. It is unclear if the same method was used to hack Carey’s account. The Chuckling Squad’s MO tends to be tweeting polarizing things, including the N-word, from famous peoples’ accounts. They even tweeted out Moretz’s social security number.

The comments about Eminem appear to have been an attempt at reigniting a feud between Carey and the rapper Eminem. The duo’s feud began when the “Lose Yourself” rapper said he dated Carey in 2001. 

“I hung out with him, I spoke to him on the phone,” the singer explained to Larry King around the time. “I think I was probably with him a total of four times. And I don’t consider that dating somebody.”

Mimi released the diss track “Obsessed.” The music video featured herself dressed as an Eminem-like figure who stalks Carey. Slim Shady continued the feud after she wed Nick Cannon. Despite Cannon and Carey’s divorce, Marshall Mathers dissed Cannon again this September on the Fat Joe single “Lord Above.” Cannon released three diss tracks in response. 

Carey remains unbothered, becoming the first artist to break a new Billboard record.  

The five-time Grammy winner doesn’t appear to be romantically involved with either of the men who continue to invoke her name in their ongoing feud from a bygone era. When Carey appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in 2014, the host asked her to say three nice things about Eminem. 

“They come in a package that you can carry wherever you go. Melts in your mouth, not in your hand. People love them around the world, and they’re tasty. You can have peanut or the regular kind,” Carey said, referring instead to the candy-coated cholate treat M&Ms. 

Released in 1994, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” became an instant classic. The song has managed to snag the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 90s, 2000s, 2010s, and the single remains an unstoppable bop in 2020. 

While other artists like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Madonna, and Usher, have managed the feat in three decades, Carey is in a league of her own. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become the highest-charting holiday single of all time. 

Carey tweeted her excitement, “Yaaaaaaaaay!!! WE. DID. IT. But… what’s a decade?”

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey Says Derek Jeter Is The Reason Why She Left Her Ex-Husband

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Mariah Carey’s personal life has always been about as elusive as the chanteuse’s voice itself. Throughout her decades-long career, fans of the singer have wondered about the men who fall at her feet. From her two marriages to different engagements, even a mysterious potential romantic tête-à-tête with Eminem, Carey has had a life filled with all kinds of loves and relationships but for the most part, kept her lips sealed about them.

Now, the singer is opening up about them.

In an exclusive clip from The Oprah Conversation, Carey revealed that a relationship with New York Yankee Derek Jeter in the late ’90s led her to leave her ex Tommy Mottola.

Speaking about Jeter, Carey described him as a “catalyst” in her decision to leave Mottola after being married to him for five years.

“Before you divorced Tommy Mottola, you met Yankee baseball player Derek Jeter, and you say he served a very high purpose in your life,” Oprah observes in her interview with Carey which calls on her upcoming memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey. “This was one of those situations of the right person at the right place and the right time. What was it about Derek? He got his own song too, right?”

Responding to Oprah’s question, Carey admits “He got his own song. He got a few songs. He was a catalyst that helped me get out of that relationship because I believed that there was somebody else,” she explained “It was the racial situation, his mom is Irish, his dad is Black. But he was also very ambiguous looking to me. I didn’t know who he was, we met and I’ve written songs about it.”

“And honestly, I don’t think it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, he was the love of my life,'” Carey went onto admit. “Like, at the time I did, because I didn’t think I would ever meet anybody who wouldn’t- What’s the word? I used the word, I just thought about this last night. Not looked down on but feel superior to me because of the fact that I’m not one way or another in most people’s minds, and they have preconceived notions, whatever… But he was a catalyst. And I think that it was beautiful.”

Carey revealed that Jeter’s biracial family changed how she felt about her own.

“And they changed my viewpoint that ‘Oh, it’s because of the biracial situation that my family is so screwed up,’ as opposed to ‘it’s them.’ And yes, those things did play a huge part in their dysfunction. But it was healthy for me to see a functional family that basically kind of looked like mine, but didn’t feel like mine,” she admitted. “And he was also living his dream job and doing his dream job. I believe we connected in that way.”

Last month, Carey told Vulture in an interview that she wore a “buttery leather Chanel skirt” the first time she kissed Jeter.

“I can never forget that moment,” she explained. “I mean, it’s not like it was some intensely deep, intellectually stimulating — again, it was a great moment, and it happened in a divine way because it helped me get past living there, in Sing Sing, under those rules and regulations.”

Carey’s new book, which comes out at the end of this month, follows her “her meteoric rise to music superstardom” and the struggles she faced as a result.

“It took me a lifetime to have the courage and clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments,” Carey shared in a July post on Instagram. “The ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams that contributed to the person I am today.”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey will debut on shelves on Sept. 29.

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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