We all know by now that Sex & the City helped to destroy New York's soul. Now, each time an SATC movie is released, the question rises again.
Two years ago, the media finally began blaming the show for the city's devolution. This week, Vanity Fair looks at the show's influence, saying that even if you're "writing off the whole enterprise as a bloated parade of materialistic caricatures, you’ve got to admit that the exploits of these four fictional females have deeply affected the social and cultural landscape of New York."
But it's not just New York. The SATC virus has spread to the world, changing the face of New York in the eyes of people across the globe.
A television commercial for a German hair-care product is filming on Fifth Avenue. It stars three glamazons laden with shopping bags. Ironically, they are strutting past an empty storefront, a sign of the recession that begs, "Retail Space Available."
But no retail is coming.
One of models stands on her mark, waiting for her cue, holding a well-groomed dog on a leash. Her outfit is bubblegum-bright. It looks like she's starring in the sequel to Confessions of a Shopaholic, one of the many sickening mutations that spawned from the SATC virus.
This is how New York is depicted in Germany. Whip-thin women in heels, carrying shopping bags, and laughing with open mouths full of teeth is New York. It's how the whole world sees us. The virus continues to spread, to mutate, to cling to life. SATC dies hard.
But maybe there is hope for New York. Esquared points us to Runnin' Scared's delicious "10 Best Slams" of SATC2, in which reviewers slam the new movie mercilessly. Here's the gist, patched-together in a single sentence, abridged for your reading pleasure:
"We cannot stomach another moment of the simpering, mincing, hair-tossing, and eyelash-batting of this epic eyesore, a desperate and grating exercise in pointless tedium dedicated to the screeching audacity of delusional self-importance and starring the drab four--flyweight bubbleheads living in a world in which their defining quality is consuming things."
And now we hear that the SATC tourists' tour, which includes dildo shopping and stoop trespassing, has dropped the Magnolia Bakery from its roster. Still, Magnolia is selling a new "Carrie" cupcake, "topped with pink vanilla frosting and a sugar daisy."
If the tide really is turning, if the city's immune system is finally rejecting the SATC virus that ravaged it for over a decade, then there is reason to hope. In fact, as the heat turns up, these glittery images of a brain-dead city, these urban Stepford bots with their mini fans, look like they might finally be melting...