*If Beyonce never wrote another song or performed, she could probably live off of one song-“Single Ladies”-the rest of her.
First, there was Justin Timberlake dressed in leotards leading his SNL cohorts in a version of her video.
The next YouTube rage was a baby wailing in his car seat because his dad told him he wasn’t a “Single Lady.” In the last few weeks much has been said about the salacious dance video of little girls on the Internet dancing to “Single Ladies.” Now, Liza Minelli has taken “Single Ladies” to another level. The 64 year-old veteran rocks it in “Sex and the City” (SATC).
Although Minelli was not at the press conference held in New York City recently at Berdorf Goodman, in the shoe department no less, she was still the subject of much talk. When asked to explain the SATC phenomenon, Writer/Director Michael Patrick King began by saying that the cast members who had assembled for the interviews “could certainly answer that question.”
“When I’m asked that,” King continued, “I always said the reason that ‘Sex and the City’ actually became present in people’s mind as it had is because there was a voice that needed to be heard. And at that time it was the single girl as leper voice; the outsider, anyone who wasn’t married at 30, when society told them they should be married. So I think anyone who’s ever been an outsider, whether it be because of your sexual orientation, your race, your gender or your anything, these four girls have moved through the world trying to claim themselves.
“I think the most powerful thing for me is that we have encouraged a lot of women to change the way they feel about being single, about having a career, about all the story lines about getting married and then being deserted, being alone, being lonely. I think we’ve addressed them and encouraged them to come together, and I think that’s a very powerful thing. In this era of post-feminism I think that we’ve helped define what it is to be successful, smart, and also feminine.
“The reason we’ve gone from a TV show to a movie is because we’ve been daring and allowing people to change. They’re individuals I think, and if gay men, women, children, animals, like this movie, I think it’s because of the story about looking for love, maybe with someone else, but of course looking for a love of yourself in this great society that we have. I think that the villain in any great story-you need one-and I think ours is still society. I think society tells you to be some way and the individual always pushes through that bag, punches their way out, and I have four great characters, and even Mr. Big is quite individual in his attack on society, and we all love it.”
King also wanted it to be noted that in spite of the emphasis on women, the men were never put in a bad light.
“I think men will be surprised how much the movie’s for them as well,” he says. “When I sat down to write it I realized that Mr. Big is now very, very prominently a part of Carrie Bradshaw’s life so there are a couple of deliberate shout outs to men in this movie in terms of their point of view and their importance.”
Asked to speak about HIS journey this time around, Chris Noth (Mr. Big), began by saying marriage too is what you make it and not what society says it should be.
“It’s important to define what a marriage means to two people who have had a very intimate and long relationship and what traditions is and what it should be according to what’s in your head. It’s a conversation between the head and the heart often that all of us have. And often what the head is dealing with is all the ‘shoulds’ that society puts out there. Like my particular journey about what marriage should be as opposed to what it is between two people.”
Sarah Jessica Parker chimed in next with her comments.
“As I’ve been saying lately, there was a wedding and now there has to be a marriage, and the two are very different. I think where Carrie finds herself at the top of the movie is starting, as she typically does, to ask questions about the environment in which she currently lives. And those questions, and the big theme of the movie for all of us in our own way, as Chris pointed out, is tradition and why do we run toward it and why do we push it away and why do we so willingly want to commit to conventions like the institution of marriage? Do we find ourselves squirming and asking questions and how do we redefine tradition for ourselves and how do our friends around us redefine tradition and do they want to? And what better place to ask these questions than in the Middle East?”
“I think that with Miranda the real issue that she’s been dealing with is what to do when you have a really terrific job that you’re well paid for, Cynthia Nixon explains, “that you’ve worked for decades to get there, and all of a sudden you’re just miserable. I can totally relate to that. I think that the part of it that I can relate to is as you get older and as you get more of a sense of yourself, which I think is what’s happening to Miranda in the movie, learning to value yourself and learning to say you know what, if someone is treating me badly, even though it’s in my vested interest to keep my mouth shut, I actually have to speak out for myself and I have to protect myself. I may define myself as a lawyer, but if I’m a miserable lawyer it’s better not to be a lawyer at all.”