Bar's Strict Rules on Playing Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas' Spark Fury

An unnamed bar in Texas has sparked fury among Mariah Carey fans after allegedly introducing severe restrictions on the number of times her festive hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" can be played over Christmas.

Carey, herself, has even waded into the online debate, which was sparked after critic and columnist Kyle Smith shared a picture, purportedly taken in Dallas, detailing the drinking establishment's strict rules around the playing of the song.

The sign reads: "Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' will be skipped if played before December 1. After December 1 the song is only allowed one time a night."

According to Smith's tweet, the sign appeared next to a "Dallas jukebox" in an unnamed bar. Newsweek has contacted Smith for comment.

While the location of the bar remains a mystery, that hasn't stopped the post from going viral with Smith's tweet already racking up over 8,000 interactions.

Carey's legion of fans were far from happy.

"The owner of that bar is probably a Mariah hater, why not also write every other Christmas song on there?" ArchangelLach wrote. "The fact that people keep selecting that song amongst all the others goes to show what a true classic this song is."

Infiniteillest went further, commenting: "Anybody who doesn't like a song that literally and instantaneously spreads joy and happiness and is like the epitome of Christmas can't be a very likable person."

Some felt it was unfair that Carey's Christmas song was being singled out. MariahsRarities branded the rules "suspicious" and noted that no such restrictions were being placed on "songs by white artists."

But they ganna play all the songs by white artists on repeat I bet. Why single out Mariah specifically? Suspicious

— #FreeBritney👏 (@MariahsRarities) October 24, 2021

Jradulovstan similarly noted that there were no rules in place for the likes of Christmas crooner Michael Buble, concluding: "They hate to see a girlboss win."

Despite the anger felt by many Carey fans, plenty appears to support the idea of placing a limit on the number of times the song could be played. "FINALLY!" Moreandagain wrote, sharing the original tweet, "The backlash I've been waiting for!"

Mayoungkin went further, writing: "It would be preferable if the song were not in the jukebox at all. I suppose this is a tolerable compromise." SamMarlow79 commented: "I need to print that out for my wife."

That remark drew short shrift from MariahsRarities who replied: "How about you let your wife enjoy things she likes before she decides you aren't one of those things."

How about you let your wife enjoy things she likes before she decides you aren’t one of those things

— #FreeBritney👏 (@MariahsRarities) October 24, 2021

Some, like ShellyLiriano, felt the song had simply been played to death.

"During my retail years, I would hear all I want for Christmas at least 15 times a day during the holidays," she wrote. "I haven't played that song since."

Carey eventually caught wind of the debate after ntferny retweeted Smith's original post, branding it a "war on Christmas."

That prompted the singer to share a picture of herself in medieval armor, wielding a sword, in a light-hearted show that she is ready for the battle ahead.

The still, which came from an advert Carey filmed for the video game Game of War in 2015, has since been retweeted over 13,000 times.

First released on October 29, 1994, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" holds the Guinness World Record for highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the Hot 100 by a solo artist.

In 2019, it also became the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours after racking up 12.029 million streams on December 25, 2019.

Newsweek has contacted Carey for comment.

For anyone getting in the Christmas spirit ahead of schedule, check out this list of all the festive films coming to Hallmark in the run-up to December 25.

Mariah Carey singing her Christmas classic.
Mariah Carey performing during her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tour at Madison Square Garden in 2019 - the singer has waded into a social media debate centered on her classic festive hit. Kevin Mazur/Getty