In case you don’t subscribe to premium cable or haven’t caught it on TBS or E!, this series follows a group of 4 professional women living in New York as they discuss and deal with the men in their lives. Miranda is a driven, intelligent, successful, and control-freaky lawyer whose life get thrown off course (for the better) when a poor but incredibly sweet bartender knocks her up. Charlotte, a prissy, prudish, slightly delusional art curator marries into old Scottish money only to find that her seemingly perfect man is impotent. She then falls in love with a bald Jewish guy and lives happily ever after. Samantha is, in simply terms, a whore. An entertaining one sure, but one whose personality and sexual endeavors read more like a caricature than a sexually-liberated 40-something.
As irritating as the supporting cast is, I’ve grown to like them (especially Miranda). Even with their obviously irritating qualities, they all display passing moments of vulnerability that make them feel like humans I can relate to. Carrie Bradshaw, the pinnacle of the show, is the one that I cannot stand.
Girls across American have grew to envy Carrie’s seemingly idyllic life–hot men drooling over her, never ending wardrobe, chic job, and living the socialite dreams in the Big Apple. I take issue with many aspects of her character though. Have no idea what’s not to love? I’ll list them out…
Reason #1: Carrie Bradshaw SUCKS at fashion.
Outfit 1: Yes, the Chanel logo might be etched in to the fabric, but a bandanna, tie-dyed jean capris, and a blotchy rainbow top? Are you serious? None of these items look good separately, and together it just looks like a hot rainbow mess. Carrie, you just spent $800 on the most hideous top that I’ve ever seen. Coco is rolling over in her grave.
Outfit 2: Let me preface this by letting you know that this scene took place in the Hamptons. What you’re seeing is a 35+ year old woman wearing a bandeau top and cowboy hat to a party in Amagansett. This is what she’s wearing when she runs into Big and his classy young fiance Natasha, who wears a simple sheath dress. That look of horror and confusing would be on my face too.
Outfit 3: Again, what self respecting human that isn’t on their way to the pool or on a jog leaves the house exposing that much stomach? Is this just so executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker can fluff her ego and show the world her flat abs? I get that a portion of the show was filmed in the 90’s, but to run errands and go to work with your stomach showing? What if you needed to eat, or sit down for that matter?
Outfit 4: Apart from flaunting her tummy, that is a belt suspended in mid(driff). What the hell? It serves no purpose and looks absolutely idiotic.
Reason #2: Carrie Bradshaw is kind of a self-centered BITCH
Oh no, my friend Charlotte’s marriage is falling apart and is unable to conceive a child! My career-driven friend got knocked up and doesn’t know what to do! My other best friend has breast cancer! Let’s think of a way to turn this around and focus it on ME and my menial relationship problems. My friend throws out her back and it immobile lying naked on the floor…hmm, I’ll send my boyfriend to tend to her then bring over a bag of bagels the next day and hope she forgives me. Charlotte, you just got divorced? How about I guilt trip you until you give me your 3-karat diamond from Tiffany’s to get me out of my self-inflicted financial problem? Thanks girl, biffles for lyfe!!!
Reason #3: Carrie Bradshaw treated Aidan like SHIT
Aidan is gorgeous, kind, super sexy, successful, and ADORES her. How does Carrie pay him back? By lying about smoking, cheating on him with her married ex, breaking his heart, conning him into getting back together with her, inviting that ex to hang out with them constantly, then breaking his heart once again. WHEN is it EVER a good idea to invite the man that you cheated on your current boyfriend with to his country house? Why is it ever alright to maintain a relationship with that said ex? They made an adorable couple, but flat out Carrie treated him like garbage. She didn’t deserve him. Speaking of men she didn’t deserve…
Reason #4: Big is WAY out of Carrie Bradshaw’s league.
Mr. Big is insanely sexy. The deep voice, charismatic personality, aloofness–I completely agree understand why Carrie was intoxicated by his unobtainability. Nothing drives me more wild than a tall, dark, and handsome Wall Street investor, especially if he owns a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park. But let’s get real–would this kind of guy really marry a twinkie sex columnist? This would be like if Prince Harry married Aubrey O’Day. Later, she destroys his marriage by becoming his mistress. I suppose the bad relationship karma provides fodder for a third film though…
Reason #5: Carrie Bradshaw is the epitome of financially irresponsible.
…as in, to the point of having an addiction. I might live from month-to-month, but I’m still living on an allowance and I’m a COLLEGE STUDENT. We can all agree that dropping $600 on a pair of Manolos and maxing out a credit card in attempts to intimidate an ex’s 20-something year old WIFE is a stupid idea. Yet she does things like this in every other episode. God knows I’ve had my bouts with monetary mismanagement, none of us are above that–the thing is, most of us learn this lesson when we’re young. Carrie is 35+ years old and realized that she has no money in savings to purchase her apartment. Instead of humbly re-examining her lifestyle (like Rebecca Bloomwood of Confessions of a Shopaholic) and moving to an apartment within her means, she plays damsel in distress until Big, Miranda, Samantha, and eventually Charlotte offer to bank roll her purchase. Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture?
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