I'm mildly miffed that in a just-posted piece about the critical firestorm that last weekend greeted Sex and the City 2, N.Y. Times critic Manohla Dargis suggests that Hollywood.com critic Thomas Leupp owns the idea that SATC2 might inspire anti-American terrorist acts. "It could become an effective inspirational video for suicide bombers," Leupp wrote, "provided they can endure the film's two-and-a-half hour running time, of course."
Leupp may have been the first critic to express this, Dargis implies, or was the most articulate or noteworthy...whatever. But for one reason or another he's the writer I've chosen to represent this view, so draw your own conclusions.
Except I was first to plant the flag on this thing. Way back on May 28, 2008, after seeing Sex and the City: The Movie at a commercial Paris cinema, I called it "another Taliban recruitment film." In a followup piece I suggested that "young Arab men might be so repelled by its celebration of putrid 21st Century chick culture that joining the Taliban might seem freshly appealing."