June 2, 2008, - 2:53 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
With the tragic success of the “Sex and the City” movie, this weekend, studio execs are, unfortunately, planning a sequel. Who knew my prophecy of “Sex and the Cat Ladies” would actually come to fruition?
Now, The Village Voice–the influence of which now makes it the Village Whisper, er . . . Murmur–is on guard against the great offenses in America, including my review of “Sex and the City,” the national IQ test for women that so many of America’s fairer sex failed over the weekend. Oh, and the aging hippies at the Whisper claim I sound like a “Women’s Studies Prof.”
To quote Cher Horowitz, “As if” . . . .
Writers normally devoted to other agenda, . . . put aside their hobbyhorses for a moment to divert readers with the harmless subject.
Well, most of them did. A SATC review featuring a photo of “Cynthia Nixon (right) w/Lesbian Partner” alerted us that we’d stumbled into the land of the rightbloggers, where blockbuster movies are not mere entertainments, but fronts in the culture war.
In her epic “Hags And The City” tirade, TV commentator Debbie Schlussel told readers that the “sleazy and low-class” central characters “look like female impersonators in drag,” are “pigs in skirts” and, worst of all, serve as “Delphic oracles to far too many American women.”
While the Oracle at Delphi spoke for Apollo, apparently Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte speak for “America’s feminists and the phony mainstream media” who, Schlussel said, give their message “the kosher seal of approval,” thereby covering an extra theological base.
But what is their message? Schlussel didn’t focus long enough to inform us, but some clues could be gleaned from her ravings. “Because they dined in glamorous places, wore trapezoid shaped clothes and $1,000 fancy high heels,” wrote Schlussel, “this somehow made their low-brow, savage behavior, ‘classy.’” So perhaps the message is that the rich can get away with things that the rest of us can’t. Schlussel also said that the inclusion of Jennifer Hudson in the film was meant to “answer the complaints over the years by Black America, that there were no Black women in this fashionable pay cable TV gang of hos.” Add tokenism to the film’s sins. Finally, “If you’ve ever called men pigs or chauvinists or decried their alleged collective behavior toward women, but yet you like this movie, you’re a hypocrite.” SATC is an affront to feminism! Schlussel’s argument seems based on race, gender, and class issues normally addressed by Women’s Studies professors. We hope this doesn’t get around or Schlussel may never appear on Fox News again.
Again, As If . . . .
But the photo that bothers them so is emblematic of this movie and what it’s really about. And because it bothered the Village Murmur so much, I’ve posted it again. I mean, should I really pretend this woman is straight like she pretends in this movie? C’mon, let’s be intellectually honest.
Hey, at least I didn’t do this.