As well-written, funny and influential as Sex and the City was, there’s no getting away from the fact that it has really dated. Re-watch the series now and it’s startling how off-key some of the social and cultural references are.
Aside from the obvious – like Carrie’s retro direct-address-to-camera cameos or the fact that she smokes for much of the show’s duration– there are countless squirm-making snippets of dialogue that could really do with a modern rewrite.
Which is where SATC uber-fans Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni come in. Their ‘everyoutfitonsatc’ Instagram account has over 400,000 followers, documenting (as the name implies) each character’s ensembles.
They also created a meme that lightly mocks the show’s more iffy moments – for example, Charlotte’s Mother in Law Bunny’s casual racism (“I don’t enjoy Mandarin food and I don’t enjoy a Mandarin child”) – and they’ve called it #WokeCharlotte.
Chelsea and Lauren have taken snapshots from the show and rewritten Charlotte’s response in each scenario. Charlotte is commonly branded the most ‘vanilla’ of the show’s female leads, so she’s the best person to dole out a PC retort when Carrie questions whether bisexuality exists, or Samantha rails against the presence of ‘trannies’ in her neighbourhood.
The meme hasn’t gone unnoticed by Kristen Davis (aka Charlotte York Goldenblatt) herself, who commented on Instagram “I love #wokecharlotte more than life itself”.
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