*** Warning: If you really really don’t want to know anything that happens in the new SATC film, do not read on.**
After Wednesday’s Robin Hood related rant I thought I might as well continue, by telling you why I will not be seeing the new SATC film. I was planning to, because although the last one was crap, I did enjoy it. I knew it iss meant to be abysmal (1 star in the guardian review, which is no mean feat), but I thought it might be fun to look at and I was just about willing to suspend disbelief that anyone would want to go to Abu Dhabi on holiday, though apparently the *entire* film is set there, which I didn’t quite realise (favourite quote from the guardian review: ‘Like Martin Sheen waking from his uneasy slumber in Apocalypse Now and thinking: “Shit, I’m still in Saigon,” various members of the audience would emerge from their periodic reveries and mumble out loud: “Shit, Carrie and her friends and by that token we the audience are still in Abu Dhabi.”‘).
But then I read this Hadley Freeman (did I mention I love Hadley?) article about the death of Sex and the City. And this is where I acquired the piece of information that was the straw that broke the camel’s back:
Miranda leaves her job to become a homemaker. Oh yes.
I love Miranda. She’s my favourite character by FAR. She’s ambitious. When she does something, she does it right. She’s sarky in the best possible way. She’s struggling with her lack of maternal instinct but settles into it in the end. She’s ok with men having less status than her. Her job is based on technical knowledge, which I can relate to. She’s just a wee bit judgemental. She sometimes looks stunning, but sometimes really not. Miranda is basically me plus some added weirdness about men.
The Miranda of the TV series would NEVER leave her job just like that. Plus, it just doesn’t make any sense: Miranda is a high flying corporate lawyer, which she is justifiably proud of. Steve earns a fraction of her in a highly insecure industry. If anyone was gonna give up their job, it would make financial sense to be him. He could just hire another manager and just be a bar owner for a while. That was one of the reasons I always loved Miranda and Steve’s relationship, because they didn’t feel they had to adhere to outdated gender roles. Plus, Brady is now ten, at least. Why would you wait until your child is old enough to look after themselves?
I know there is lots of other stuff which objectively is much more offensive, like the seemingly-not-at-all-disguised orientalism, and the fact that the main two gay men get married despite hating each other, because, you know, they’re gay so that’s ok, but it’s the Miranda thing that really bothers me.