Mariah Carey, Tea Goddess, Turns Memes Into Merch, and I’m Here for It

Mariah Carey performs for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2018 on Dec. 31, 2017, in New York City. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

Jesus may have turned water into wine, but leave it to Mariah Carey to flip cups of tea into cash.

For the second year in a row, Carey, the living Queen of Christmas Music, delivered a memorable and meme-able New Year’s Eve performance, demanding tea during a live performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.


If you need a refresher:

“I just want to take a sip of tea if they’ll let me. They told me there would be tea,” Carey said, dressed like a sexy alpaca, looking around at her band like old boy was just going to brandish a cup from behind his drum set.

“Oh! It’s a disaster,” Carey continued. “We’ll just have to rough it.”

The next day, Carey apparently “found her tea” on Instagram:


Now Carey is cashing in on her love for chamomile with a new line of “tea-shirts” that let you channel the pop diva’s love for drama.

The shirts, which feature the phrases, “I was told there would be tea” and “#FoundMyTea,” run $30 apiece and can be bought at her official web store. Finally, a T-shirt that captures the feeling when you eavesdrop on your co-workers and the gossip isn’t as juicy as you’d hoped.


If message tees aren’t your flavor, there’s also a black “I Was Told There Would Be Tea” mug available for $20.

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Anne Branigin

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