With scathing reviews and disappointing holiday box office, it looks like a herd of loyal female and gay male fans couldn’t save Sex and the City 2 from being labeled a massive flop. The trailers made the movie look wretched, and I was never a fan of the HBO series, which treated its incidental gay characters like another designer item for the ladies to wear on the town.
It’s heartening that some gay commentators were moved to complain about the now infamous Liza Minnelli wedding scene. Thomas Rogers at Salon wrote a pretty good piece on why SAC2 is “bad for the gays.” In less than two video minutes, the hilarious Bryan Safi eviscerated the movie even more efficiently. I heartily support gay marriage, and I think Liza Minnelli is a cool showbiz trouper who deserves to work more (the TV show Arrested Development put her to fine use). But gay wedding plus Liza plus Liza impersonators plus Beyonce song plus crystal swans plus Mario Cantone – all in one scene – equals a “gay o.d.” that would send even Bruno to the emergency room.
Before the hetero guys get too smug, let me ask a hypothetical question: How many of you would watch a Super Bowl telecast produced by Maxim with Toby Keith performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Larry the Cable Guy providing half-time entertainment? I count at least a few million depressingly stereotypical straight viewers.