The US Patent and Trademark Office has objected Mariah Carey‘s application for trademark registration of the title “Queen of Christmas” as well as “Princess Christmas” and “QOC”, short for “Queen of Christmas”. The elusive chanteuse’s company, Lotion, LLC, filed for trademark registration in March 2021, and if successful, anyone who sold “Queen of Christmas” for merchandise, music, or anything else could potentially be the subject of lawsuits from Ms “All I want for Christmas is you” yourself.
What happened? In August, Elizabeth Chan, who the The New Yorker referred to as the “Queen of Christmas” in a 2018 profile, filed an appeal to prevent Carey from obtaining registration. Chan gave some interviews at the time and told that news, “No one should ever own the word Christmas. Christmas is for everyone.” It was a whole thing. But Carey never responded to Chan’s filing, according to the trademark office, and therefore: no trademark.
Although Carey certainly is a Queen of Christmas, thanks to the nearly 30-year-old chart-topping “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” she has said she never called herself or considered herself that. The star recently told me, “I didn’t say that. Another lady I had never heard of said something like that. That’s what others have said. I’ll tell you: I love Christmas and it’s my favorite time of the year. But I’m just the queen of myself.”
And Carey has been saying things like that for years. Here she tells the story of 2017 the hollywood reporter, “I just don’t think I deserve it. I’m just someone who likes Christmas, okay? Who happened to write some songs?”
Of course, the bigger story here is that Mariah Carey’s company that applied for trademark registration is called Lotion, LLC. Lotion, LLC! She may not be the only “Queen of Christmas,” but she is always irrevocably and completely herself.
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2022/11/mariah-carey-queen-of-christmas-trademark-rejected Mariah Carey Will Continue to Be “Queen of Christmas” in Our Hearts, Just Not in the Trademark Office