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Manhattan Drone: Let the Sex and the City Backlash Begin!

Posted Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 at 6:47 pm by Chris in Cultural Bees. More in 10023

That could be you there in the background, under Charlotte's swinging arm!
That could be you there in the background, under Charlotte’s swinging arm!

I have a confession to make.

No, actually, I have a proclamation to make. I will shout it from the rooftops.

I hate Sex and the City. With a burning passion.

And if half of the women in this city felt the same way that I did, this city would be a much better place to live.


Okay, that might be a little harsh. But honestly, it’s remarkable how one show can literally force itself into the dialog of what New York is. In the hoopla leading up to the release of the Sex and the City movie (premiering on I Don’t Care When in Theaters I Won’t Get Near With a Ten Foot Pole), the local media has been ignoring the fact that many New Yorkers detest what the four ladies from hell have done to outsiders’ perceptions of this city, and have instead showered the movie and its cast with praise, as though the show put New York on the map.

It didn’t put New York on the map. It put the wrong New York on the map. This is a New York where beers cost $10. This is a New York where people will accept no less than living in massive apartments on measly salaries. This is the New York where people no longer go out to have fun – they go out to be seen. This is not the New York that I want to live in.

Am I bitter? Sure. I used to rant about how Sex and the City was responsible for setting unreasonably high expectations of men for women in this city. Sure, they all had their flaws, but that was the problem: women in New York should sleep around until they find Mr. Perfect. And they should stop at no less than Mr. Perfect. This, of course, is a chicken-and-egg conundrum: did women become cold, hard bitches because of Sex and the City, or was Sex and the City reflecting the women of New York? I’ve given up on this argument. Maybe it’s because I’ve learned that fantastic women do exist in this town. Coincidentally, none of them seem to be big fans of Sex and the City.

But back to the argument at hand: this Magnolia Bakery/Serendipity/Tao/Meatpacking District trend is only going to get worse. The upcoming movie will just send another influx of women with high expectations and low IQs into Manhattan. These types of businesses wouldn’t continue to thrive if not for people who move here to live a fantasy life that doesn’t exist. Living vicariously through Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda isn’t a healthy mentality. These women should create their own fantasies. That’s how New York has thrived for generations. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

I never remember Sinatra singing, “if you can make it here, you can’t make it anywhere without a dance club full of meatheads offering bottle service.”

  • Mike K.

    Thank you!

    The backlash cannot begin soon enough, nor can it be fierce enough.

  • this damn movie comes out on my birthday.

    i’ve never had a birthday ruined so damned far in advance.

  • Tyler

    This show seemed to perpetuate the trend of hot women dating for money. I’m sure it’s been around since the dawn of time, but I’m placing my blame solely on this waste of celluloid. Newsflash to New York women, dating men in finance (who pop colors, wear navy blue blazers, and talk about their bonuses in public) might seem like a good idea, much like men dating a stripper might seem like a good idea. Either way you end up with a headache and a script for penicillin.

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