SATC’s Universal Theme of Friendship (and Fab Fashion, Too)

Cynthia Cheng

Sex and the City 2 opens in theatres across North America this Thursday.  While there are plenty of women who are looking forward to dressing up to the nines to see this movie with their best girlfriends, there are also those who are going to abstain.  Many women find the movie not only unrealistic because the “girls” – Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha – lead unrealistic lifestyles, but the fact that the friendship isn’t culturally “diverse” (Charlotte’s Jewish status doesn’t count, since she didn’t convert until Season 6).  My question is: Who needs it, when the theme of the show has more to do about relationships than multiculturalism?

I’ve noticed that most of the complaints about the “lack of diversity” come from the west, particularly from people who are not of the immigrant generation or those who have little touch with their ancestral cultures.  If you ask people abroad, they’ll tell you that the show is about fashion and friendship and end it at that.  They don’t care that the “girls” look nothing like them or speak their language.  And never mind that their shoe collections aren’t full of Manolos, Choos and Louboutins. The audience is more interested in the storylines, ones which most can relate to.  I mean, most women have had relationship issues, no?  Though many women might never have cooked a Shabbat dinner, like Charlotte did in Season 6, many more have cooked a very nice meal, only to have their boyfriend/husband/family not be appreciative of their hard work.  You don’t need to be Jewish to understand that.

So my question is this: Why can’t people overlook the make-up of the show and look at the storylines instead?  To this day, I don’t understand why people feel that characters on TV or in a movie have to “look” like them.  To relate to a show or a movie, you have to look at the characters’ personalities and how they relate to each other, not what they look like.  And in the case of SATC, it’s about their friendship (and a bit about the fashion, too).