5 Things I Hated In the ‘Vogue’ Sarah Jessica Parker Cover Story

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Though the Lady SJP is a hot topic here, I have to say that I’m mostly ambivalent about her. I watched the show, but not the movie, and don’t have plans to see the second one. That said, it’s always nice to see a woman who isn’t a cookie-cutter traditional beauty become a fashion icon. But as I read through April Vogue‘s Vicki Woods-penned cover story about Sarah Jessica, I found myself rolling my eyes almost constantly. Here are some of the things that bothered me the most:

  • After seven weeks in the desert, she is bubbling like a freed hostage about the small blessings of city life: “I can put my toothbrush under the tap here! I can open my mouth in the shower!” She appears enchanted as the waiter bores on about the specialness of his specialty teas.
    Hey, I get it. When you come back from a long trip, you miss the comforts of home. But something about this section read a bit “Oh, I’m so grateful to leave that horrible not-chic-enough country and return to my faaaabulous life” to me. I mean, being able to have a constantly reliable water supply is rad, but I wouldn’t compare it to being a freed slave. Imperalist much?
  • She refers to her son by his first and middle names, James Wilkie. I guess when your name is Sarah Jessica, it’s a family tradition and not just a pretentious thing.
  • Samantha celebrated (if that’s the word, which it often isn’t) her fiftieth birthday in the last go-round. Parker says firmly that Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda are not that old.
    You guys, even if it’s not true about SJP hating Kim Cattrall, I suspect that the author of this article does.
  • However, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte are not, I’m here to tell you, in Morocco in the movie. King says that Morocco is standing in for the Middle East, which is a little bit like saying Tribeca is standing in for New England, but there we are.
    I think it’s been pretty widely reported that they tried to film in Dubai and couldn’t get permission, so they used Morocco as a stand-in. Sorry you didn’t get to break the news, but thanks for being “here to tell us.”
  • Quote from director Michael Patrick King: “It was when we did the London premiere that I realized these girls were citizens of the world.”
    Just FYI, they’re adult women. I think when you turn fifty in a movie you don’t want to be referred to as a “girl” anymore.
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