The Truth About Nursing has no issue with Mariah Carey's talent, but the Baltimore nurse advocacy group is scathing in its review of the pop singer's recent video for “Up Out My Face,” in which Carey appears dressed in a high-heeled, low-cut nurse costume.
“Mariah Carey has always been a musician with an amazing instrument, but it has often seemed that she doesn't have much to say with it, except: ‘I want to be rich, famous, and adored, and if my voice doesn't convince you, how about my body?' ” said the group's latest music video review, which gave the video a half-star out of four for its portrayal of nurses. (She is in eclectic company. Lyrics and videos featuring nurses by the White Stripes, Keith Anderson, Goldfrapp, Kavana and Blink-182 also earned half-stars.)
The advocacy group sharply criticizes Carey for her use of the “naughty nurse outfit” and reinforcing a stereotype that “has undermined real nurses for decades, presenting their work as being all about female sexuality.” And it gets in a few digs at the video's style, calling it “formulaic, with predictable poses and shots.”
Nonetheless, the Truth About Nursing did not totally dismiss the video. The review's separate artistic ranking gave “Up Out My Face” one-and-a-half stars.