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May 27, 2010

Your Turn: Sex and the Desert (or, Dick Cheney, Eat your Heart Out)

I’m not sure if the association would have been as obvious, but the NYT leaves nothing to chance, drawing an analogy between the “Sex and the City” invasion force and the more ambiguous, if perhaps similarly tasked Operation Desert Storm.

I’m dying to hear how you read this — I mean the image and the headline, not the movie.  I particularly welcome you loyal lurkers out there.

For myself, I have two takes: 1.) I could go for a little more veil. 2.) I guess, we won!

Review here, if you can stand it.

  • SDMichael

    The image fairly well summarizes everything the MIddle East dislikes about American pop culture. Some elements are things ‘we’ as Westerners find appealing — strong women, walking boldly, dressed as they please, rules be damned. Other elements are more obnoxious, things many Middle Easterners as well as some Westerners find repulsive — the “I own this place” sneers/smiles; the “Ugly American” tourist (legs and boobs in our faces) ignoring local custom and oblivious to possible offense in a culture that honors guests and travelers like no other, but expects reciprocal respect for their customs…

    There’s a very weak Laurence Olivier/Lawrence of Arabia vibe too. Very superficial and overdone, though.

  • bystander

    After seeing this*, I hope your lurkers weigh in, ‘cuz I got nuthin

    *Listen and watch if you can stand it.

  • lytom

    Bringing it on,
    the “Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse” (stand corrected these are camels *thanks bystander) in the image of the US, shallow appearance, not much else, camouflaged with make up and smiles. Behind the make up and smiles, scary unappealing vision…
    Just walk the sand Ugly Americans
    Feet on the sand stain it with pollution and greed.
    …Dragging in visions of doom and unending occupation…

  • http://www.prawnworks.net/ Rich2506

    The women appear to have enough coverings (Loose but covering clothes are good for that kind of intense sun) except for Sarah Jessica Parker, who seems to be exposing an awful lot between her neck and the top of her breasts. She’s gonna get pretty sunburned there. Kristin Davis’ exposed shoulder is also better in LA than in the desert.
    The guys showing up to offer camel rides (For free? I don’t have sound on my computer, but I certainly didn’t see any money changing hands and I didn’t see any bargaining/negotiations) seems to be a standard Hollywood “Why bother with a credible plot?” device to get the girls on the camels so they don’t exhaust themselves and so we don’t see them dripping with sweat.

  • Withnails

    you know, listening to the audio commentary of that film – I would have loved to see a modern day Bing Crosby/Bob Hope film with these modern day icons (and let’s be honest; they are) at the center of it.

    But the film makers seem content to just DRESS the characters up in a weird way and think that that alone will do the work of actual screenwriting.

  • cay enns
  • http://tomclarkblog.blogspot.com/ yom clark

    Nice.

    One wee quibble with the caption though. One suspects neocons don’t feel shame. Ever.

    But guilt maybe (hopefully)…?

    • http://tomclarkblog.blogspot.com/ tom clark

      Sorry about that. Appears I have just now spelt my own name wrong. (Feel a bit of shame, I must not be a neocon.)

  • Tinwoman

    All I can think of is how stupidly overdressed they look—I don’t see how anyone from any culture would consider that attractive. They look like nutty old bag ladies, wandering around wearing all the clothes they own, and those are mostly big flapping hippy skirts. Okay, so they’re cleaner than that. That’s still what they look like.

    Having lived in Dubai, I can say I have never seen anyone out in the desert looking remotely like that. For that matter, I never saw anyone out in public in any venue looking at all like that. They look simply ridiculous, too much hair spray, too much makeup, way too many clothes, too much everything. And somehow we still notice that they are middle aged sea donkeys who in their 40 some years on this earth haven’t managed to have a solid relationship with a even ONE human male.

    I don’t get what’s “frothy and fun” about the whole concept; the operative word here seems to be “pathetic”. or maybe “desperate”. If I were an Arab male I would not be too worried.

  • bystander

    Okay. Having had enough time to get past my WTF initial response, I can see the metaphor behind Operation Desert Togs, and the direction in which your thoughts were taking you, Michael.

    Yeah. We won. And, it appears we won handily. And, we won with women leading the charge. And, the worst they got for it were some ripped clothes; those bare shoulders suggesting only the sleeves were sacrificed in battle. Not a scratch on ‘em. And, they’re smiling; strutting in victory. No apparent PTSD. And, no arms! No. Not those attached to their bodies – with sleeves intact or not – but no weapons. They did it all with their beauty, charm, and fashion sense. The hearts and minds are all ours.

  • robert e

    Perhaps the paper is waxing nostalgic for the “good old days”, when the Times, the Pentagon, and the PR firms hired to sell the war were oh so chummy.

  • playera

    At first glance, it looks like the second woman from the left is slinging a rifle.

    And, they all look ridiculous. Just too much.

  • bill

    As somewhat of a riff on the Bag’s Reason #2, I’d add:
    “The war? Oh, we’re just so OVER that!”

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