Friday, May 28, 2010

SATC World

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...

17 comments:

EV Grieve said...

So, I take it that you're not going to see Sex and the City II then?

Bowery Boogie said...

that pic in front of the for rent sign is classic.

Grand St. said...

Ugh. I really hate those Futterman signs, in any context. They proliferate like cupcakes.

Anonymous said...

Paradoxically, this movie (or, rather, the awful reviews) may be just the thing to kill off this horrible cultural meme.

kingb said...

I've had a tough time putting into words my hatred for SATC and everything it has meant for NYC. And my , um, disdain for all those who worship that show. Seriously, I've broken friendships because of this POS.

But you have done a wonderful job saying what I'm thinking. And I thank you for that.

Jeremiah Moss said...

hey kingb, glad to be of service.

Caleo88 said...

The reason I love Jeremiah's blog and have passed the word around to friends is that he puts words to everything I've felt about this city for over a decade.
No matter how bad it gets, always remember- All good things come to an end...and so do all bad things.

Susan May Tell said...

Whew - really hard-hitting. Your comment about SATC, Marc Jacobs and Bleecker St is VERY interesting.

John M said...

oh, thank you, jeremiah. just thank you.

Goggla said...

I was in another country a couple of years ago, wearing a NYC t-shirt (yeah, sorry, it was all I had). Everywhere I went, people stopped me to ask about my glamorous NYC life, demanding to know what it was like to go out every night for cosmos, lunch with the ladies, and buy fabulous dresses and shoes on 5th Ave. They really thought life for a woman in NYC is that way.

I'm curious to know what the women who come here on those SATC tours take away with them. Are they disappointed to discover it's all fake or do they see beyond the fiction at all?

Anyway, I'm holding out for SATC III: The Golden Girl Years.

3FingersBrown said...

As a working class, native of NYC, I can't stand the show and everything it stands for.

I am however, a grip, who worked on SATC2, and it was a good job that put helped me feed a family and pay bills. The same goes for the rest of the mostly NYC based crew. Every POS like SATC that is made, pays the bills of hard working, union laborers who are mostly from the area.

For that reason alone, I'm looking forward to them making a sequel. I can care less how crappy it is. Sorry Jer and the rest of you folks. When my livelihood depends on crap being filmed in my city, than I gotta take personal interest over my own pie-in-the-sky romanticism.

Noone said growing up would be easy. Maybe one day I'll get to work on a good film. For now, I don't have that luxury. Anyway, just a word from the other side of things. If you don't like the movie, don't see it. Nobody's forcing you to. There are plenty of dimwits who eat this crap up, so keep it coming. I need a job!

thomas said...

Actually, I think the next trend is having color tape "spike" marks that you can take along with you and put down where ever you decide to stand. It'll give you that "photoshoot" feeling that'll help you get through the day. EVERYONE will be doing it.

I've contacted my lawyers already and have copyrighted the idea,,, so don't even thik about it sucka....

Barbara Hanson said...

3Fingers: I'm also a native, and I have family that does set building and stuff in the same business (on the TV side), so I understand where you're coming from. I'm sure it's a tough balance, having a well-paying job that nonetheless puts out a product you can't stand. Not everyone (and I certainly had some hated jobs that I had to stay in for survival) has the luxury of walking away. Good luck, and I hope your next job is on a movie that you love--or at least can tolerate.

Jeremiah Moss said...

everybody's got to make a living.

esquared said...

don't mention it.

well said, and thanks [for]: "making people feel less alone in their emotions,...And knowing that there are others out there, that you're not the crazy person ranting on the street corner alone, is significant"

Yoni said...

I'd break up with the woman who'd even *think* of dragging me to this claptrap. I would honestly watch Salo: 120 Days of Sodom on a loop than SATC (I hate even typing that). Mama Mia! is a close second.

hartford said...

just saw "sex in the city" #2, loved it. the vacation in arabia was fabulous, the DVD was just what i needed. the scenery was amazing, they also did a good job in the depiction of arab culture. i too need a vacation, & some colorful clothes. i like this enterprise, & the characters. grew up reading nancy drew novels, day time TV (not soap operas but the good sitcoms & teenage dance shows). i like to see the same people as continuity. this is great entertainment, it was inspirational. it makes people happy, some of it was really really funny, good satire. that being said: is there anyone here who liked this film? if everyone hated the HBO & "sexinthecity" film #1, how could you all know so much about it? i think some of you are lying. if there's anyone out there who likes the girls or the new film, step foward! i cant be the only person on this blog, & the linked blogs- who feels this way. am i on a street corner alone ranting?