I was looking at photos from the SATC2 premiere today and I stumbled across this article...
As the stars of the film walked the red carpet for the premiere of Sex and the City 2 in New York Monday night the first review labeled the highly anticipated sequel as "anti-Muslim."
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Scott wowed fans outside Radio City Music Hall ahead of the wider release of the film in the U.S. on Thursday, but The Hollywood Reporter reviewer was not so easily impressed.
While admitting the follow-up to the 2008 movie will be a "smash," the reviewer said the scenes with the foursome in Abu Dhabi were "creepy and off-putting."
"(Carrie) and her friends run up against the puritanical and misogynistic culture of the Middle East," the reviewer wrote.
"The rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society no doubt will stir controversy, especially in a frothy summer entertainment, but there's something bracing about the film's saucy political incorrectness. Or is it politically correct?
SATC 2 is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers.
"Even in an escapist fantasy, the spectacle of women sinking into this billionaire's paradise at a time of widespread economic hardship initially seems creepy and off-putting."
Officials in the United Arab Emirates would not grant permission for producers to film the motion picture in their country and neither would the city of Dubai.
"Abu Dhabi was like, ‘You know, the UAE is not really ready to have four sexually liberated American girls filmed here,'" writer and director Michael Patrick King said.
Instead Abu Dhabi was recreated in Morocco and Abu Dhabi is considering if it will even allow the film to be shown in cinemas there.
The first film - which followed six series of the highly successful TV show - was not shown in the conservative nation.
Describing it as "tasteless humor," The Hollywood Reporter tells of a scene in the latest film where "a bunch of Muslim women who strip off their black robes to reveal the stylish Western outfits they are concealing beneath their discreet garb".
Complaining the film is "at least 40 minutes too long" the review concedes that won't stop women leaving "swooning over the digs and the rags"
As I obviously haven't seen SATC2 yet I can't really make an informed opinion on the claims but I find it hard to believe that anyone involved in the movie would intentionally exploit a religion.