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Thex In The Thity
I must confess I’ve always felt excluded from America’s love affair with Sex In The City. I suppose I missed a major cultural phenomenon last night as it bid farewell to our culture. I was busy watching The Surreal Life, a show with absolutely no goal other than to exploit fading celebrities and make them cry on camera. That’s entertainment, people.

I tried with Sex. We both did. The first season, Billy and I would tune in and stare at the TV and then to one another. “Was that funny?” I’d ask and Billy would shrug, and then the next week, we’d tune in again. After the first four episodes, though, we decided it was more harmful watching Sarah Jessica Parker trying to wring out a laugh from Michael Patrick King’s scripts than it was to, say, play chicken on the freeway. I went back though, season after season, to see what I was missing and I always came back with the same answer. Nothing.

It all starts on the page, they say, and Sex In The City’s certainly no exception. The leaden narration by SJP weaves together a common tale of four gay men outfitted as real women, each one costumed and ready for the parade. Except for poor Kristin Davis, the cast is a grim collection. Sarah looks like a Pez dispenser with its little candy pill ready to come right out of her throat if she tilted back far enough. The mealy-mouthed Cynthia Nixon has less sex appeal than her surname. And Kim Cattrell. Yes, Kim, we stipulate women over 40 are beautiful and sexy. Okay? Good luck finding your next job.

I’m annoyed at myself for not liking this show. I’m a gay man, after all, and I should find any mention of rimming to be funny, right? It doesn’t even matter the context, does it? Just having Kim say it gives America a collective spit take. And what’s not to like about Chris Noth?

I hate being the contrarian. It doesn’t suit me. I embrace popular culture in ways some feel unnatural. But Sex In The City? Can someone please, and I have a twenty dollar bill ready to be sent to you, point to one single funny moment on that show that wasn’t telegraphed with a bullhorn or didn’t have the underbelly of titillation or was just plain clever? Anyone?

The best part about the show going off the air, however, is there will only be one more award season where we have to endure Jessica’s manufactured breathlessness as she grasps her statuette in mock surprise. That really isn’t funny.
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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: February 23rd, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you td. I just don't get it.

But worse still, I don't find Will and Grace funny. Will someone tell me what is wrong with me . .
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: February 23rd, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
will and grace isn't funny, not even close. Once in a while I enjoy Karen tho!
raptusanxieux From: raptusanxieux Date: February 24th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Will & Grace is evil tv. Vile. It's had a few "I can't believe they said that" moments, but it's a show about really unlikable people.

I've never seen a single SITC episode. And I've only really heard "Cosmo girls" give positive reviews to it. And Sarah Jessica Parker? Let's all pretend the really ugly girl is pretty so she won't cry.
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: February 23rd, 2004 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
come on? are you serious? ok maybe I just liked it for the shock value. It wasn't often that funny. SJP, dressed like a whore on bad drugs, and the manolo blahnics? or whatever did nothing for me. But still compared to what is out there in tv land, I loved it.

It probly was the shock value...
creamycambot From: creamycambot Date: February 23rd, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I watched the Surreal Life. I must say, I loved it. Yes they are fading celebrities, but it was good old fashioned fun! SATC was boring, at best. Cattral peaked in Porky's. SJP is the most unlikely lead for a show. Horse-faced women are not fun for us straight guys to look at. I could not agree with you more on Cynthia Nixon. She looked better as a blond freakshow in that Lithgow craptrap, The Mahattan Project.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: February 24th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Didn't fall completely in love with Tammy Faye? I want to join her church or start another one for her or write a thank you note to her or something.
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: February 24th, 2004 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I find it both funny and horrifying. I'd rather be doing many things than watching it, for sure.

One thing I found to be utterly hilarious was when Samantha became a lesbian, the scene where she is going down on her girlfriend and she discovers female ejaculation... I still crack up when I think of that girl squirting in her eye. Not that I have ever done that to anyone!
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