“It’s kind of surprising to say, but in a way ["Sex and the City"] was a more innocent time. … I think so much reality television – and the women that dominate culture today – are pretty unfriendly towards one another. They use language that’s really objectionable and cruel and not supportive. I like to remember that Carrie and the other women in “Sex and the City” were really nice to each other. … It’s the random cruelty I really don’t understand. It’s not good for us. I don’t know, you know, how we go back in time to a better place.”
Sarah Jessica Parker confessed to British Harper’s Bazaar that media depictions of female friendship have evolved for the worse, and she kind of has a point. “Sex and the City” was never about petty lady-to-lady competition. Who knows, if the girls had lived and brunched in the time of “Real Housewives” and Twitter, their world may have been very different. She also had thoughts on why Carrie Bradshaw was so relatable (even though she was also so annoying):
“[Carrie] was a really good friend. That’s why [women] can forgive those very apparent flaws and selfishnesses. She was a deeply devoted friend, and I think women really respond to that kind of connection. I think we all want it, we all work towards having it, and we’re not always the very best friends we can be.”
Well, I don’t know if Carrie was always a good friend, although Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte definitely were. Carrie always tried to be a decent friend, despite her rampant self-centeredness. She did care about her friends, though, so she gets points for the good intentions, if not execution.
SJP, on the other hand, seems like she’d be an awesome friend (and one who wouldn’t gossip behind your back or write something mean about you!). [via Oh No They Didn’t]