Sex and the City 2 is set in Dubai, which can be kind of a dangerous place for slutty old white broads (which is why they filmed it in Morocco). If you’re the screenwriter, the question becomes, do you just use the exotic setting as window dressing and an excuse for gaudier shoes, or do you actually use it to add conflict to the plot? In a surprising turn, it appears Michael Patrick King went with the latter. Honor kill this decadent block quote, Hollywood Reporter:
First of all, Carrie encounters her old flame, Aidan (John Corbett), at the spice market, but even more importantly, she and her friends run up against the puritanical and misogynistic culture of the Middle East. The rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society no doubt will stir controversy, especially in a frothy summer entertainment, but there’s something bracing about the film’s saucy political incorrectness. Or is it politically correct? “SATC 2” is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers.
Muslim society puritanical and misogynistic? The dastard! Look, I know everyone says it’s cultural and you can’t judge and all that, but whether it be muslims, Amish, or Orthodox Jews, I’m not really big on the Gods that are always telling you what to wear. It’s like, leave me alone, God, I’m shopping at TJ Maxx and that’s that.
Indicative of the film’s contradictory stance is a scene in which the ladies perform a karaoke version of Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” in an Abu Dhabi nightclub. An equally outrageous moment comes when the interlopers are rescued by a bunch of Muslim women who strip off their black robes to reveal the stylish Western outfits they are concealing beneath their discreet garb. [THR]
I hear in a scene after that, Samantha twists the top on a Bud Light bottle and like magic, all the burka ladies are magically transformed into bikini models and Bon Jovi starts playing, and an old snake charmer in a turban turns into Tyson Beckford with his shirt off and his huge wiener hanging out. I think it might’ve been product placement.