Friday, 21 May 2010

Today's Assignement: Compare and Contrast *updated*

*See below for update*
Abu Dhabi as portrayed in Sex and The City 2:

The real Abu Dhabi:
An 18-year-old Emirati woman has been charged with having sex outside of wedlock after reporting that she was raped by six men, Abu Dhabi’s Criminal Court was told yesterday.
The men, only two of whom were in court yesterday, are charged with raping LH in the back seat of one of the defendant’s vehicles. Both men pleaded not guilty, while L H, who has been taken into custody, also pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

The woman and one of her male Emirati friends, HA, went for a drive in his vehicle on May 2, prosecutors said. The charges allege that because she had agreed to be in the car, the two had, therefore, met to have sex.

Everyone from The Guardian to Debbie Schlussel (could you have more polar opposites?) is up in arms about SATC's portrayal of Abu Dhabi.

Dubai refused to allow the movie to be filmed there after reading the script. Abu Dhabi eventually refused as well, and most scenes were filmed in Morocco.
Come next weekend thousands of women will pour into theatres to watch this propagnda piece for the UAE. I will not be one of them.

UPDATE: Well this is interesitng - now reviewers are claiming the movie is anti-Muslim?!?!