Petty Party: The Most Guiltily Satisfying Celebrity Things That Happened This Week

In Mariah we trust.

Celebrities wearing party hats for the petty party.
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This week in vs. brother, alleged STDs, O.J., and Mariah Carey doing the least but simultaneously the most. Welcome to the Petty Party, which is like the Skimm but with nothing of substance you could use to sound smart in front of your colleagues. (Plenty of water-cooler fodder, though.)

When Aaron Carter Subtweeted His Brother (Nick) but Not Really on Twitter

After his arrest for DUI and drug possession, Aaron Carter released a statement in which he referred to himself in the third person and dragged his brother Nick for failing to reach out. Siblings accusing each other of neglect is always very sad-making, but this must be included in this edition of PP because of the use of "my own blood (Nick)." May they be able to resolve their issues not on social media.

When the Internet Learned That O.J. Would Once Again Go Free

You know people had held meetings and compiled folders of suitable images and references—all before the parole board even voted to release O.J. in October.

When the Internet Found Out About Usher's, Uh, Diagnosis

Crude but effective. In documents published Wednesday, Usher allegedly paid $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit with a stylist who claimed the pop star infected her with herpes. There is mention of sores and "greenish discharge."

When Mariah Carey Was You at Any Group Fitness Class

Definitely did not turn up the resistance. Definitely did not squat down far enough. But the difference is she got paid, while you *lost* money trying to dodge the cancellation fee but not actually trying hard enough for the exercise to make a difference.

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.