Billionaire James Packer and his fiancee, singer Mariah Carey, are just as loved up as ever, as these incredibly newsworthy photos (ahem) from an Italian nightclub show. The pair have been enjoying the European summer aboard Packer’s Arctic P yacht, with Carey’s entourage and list of demands causing quite the stir among other staff on board. Channel Nine’s Karl Stefanovic also managed to pop by while he was in France covering the Nice massacre. But while we are analysing the lifestyles of the rich and famous, there is of course a downside (however small), with the pair unwittingly becoming a meme, shared by social media users who have no clue who Packer is and only vaguely know Carey …

packer and carey

This video is being shared around Facebook, mainly by pages that specialise in sharing memes, animal videos and nothing of real consequence. The caption is “when it’s someone’s birthday but you’re more photogenic” and shows Carey posing for cameras while Packer avoids having his eyebrows singed by the pyrotechnics on his cake. It’s unclear how old the video is — Packer’s birthday is September — and the cake’s message reads “we love you” so there’s no reference point. But it just goes to show: have you really made it if you are worth billions but haven’t been made into a meme?

Peter Fray

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