Think Mariah Carey's "Obsessed" is about Eminem? Photos from yesterday's video shoot for Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel's first single is all the proof you'll need. In the pics, Carey — playing a dude thanks to some major league help from the make-up department — is seen donning Eminem's trademark hoodie-and-hat look. Compare Carey's photos with this picture of Eminem. Subtract Carey's ridiculous beard and they're nearly doppelgangers.
According to Just Jared, the pics were snapped yesterday, June 29th, outside of New York's Plaza Hotel on the Brett Ratner-directed video shoot. Pictures of Carey dressed as a male police officer were also taken. As Rock Daily previously reported, Carey and her husband Nick Cannon took issue with Eminem after the rapper penned the creepy ode "Bagpipes from Baghdad" to his supposed former flame Carey. Carey promptly responded with the Tricky Stewart and The-Dream-produced "Obsessed," which finds the diva singing, "It must be weed, it must be the Eâ€¦ Why are you so obsessed with me? Lying that you're sexing me." The lyrics alone were enough of a biting retort, but it appears Carey will bring the battle to the video arena.
Just Jared reports that Andy Samberg was originally cast in the role of the Slim Shady clone, but dropped out after discovering he'd be playing an Eminem-esque character, leaving Carey to fill the role herself. Carey celebrated the gender shift on her Twitter as well, telling fans "Check out my website to see a photo of the star of my new Obsessed video! LYM!!" and linking to another photo of Carey wearing another hoodie, doo-rag and a Marshall Mathers pout. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is due out August 25th while the "Obsessed" digital single is downloadable starting July 7th.