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And Simply Like That… Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t determine between a sari and lehenga

We is not going to blame you for assuming Carrie Bradshaw is kind of the style encyclopedia. Her love for garments and sneakers has been a relentless within the present Intercourse and the Metropolis, the 2 subsequent movies and the reboot ‘And Simply Like That… (AJLT)‘. So, why is the character — dropped at life by actor Sarah Jessica Parker — receiving flak for her sartorial understanding now?
Assuming that since Carrie has lived in Manhattan for a few years now, the place there’s a giant Indian diaspora, within the latest episode of AJLT, when she appeared wide-eyed and puzzled after studying concerning the existence of the pageant of Diwali — that it is called the ‘pageant of lights’ — it vexed viewers.

She has a scene along with her realtor pal Seema, whereby the 2 go to a ‘sari store’ in New York’s Soho to purchase one thing for Diwali. However ostensibly, it’s a store stuffed with lehengas and different ethnic Indian put on.

Apparently, whereas the phrase ‘lehenga‘ is rarely actually uttered, Carrie finally ends up shopping for simply that — the truth is, a Falguni Shane Peacock quantity. The photographs flooded social media earlier than, and are being shared once more; have a look.

Whereas there’s nothing incorrect with the look, what stands out, maybe, is the truth that for a personality with a sound understanding of style and little understanding of Indian festivals the flower particulars on her head are a tad over-the-top (nobody attire like that for Diwali).

Previous to this, we now have probably not seen Parker’s Bradshaw interacting with a brown particular person. So, when she raises the query of “cultural appropriation” — a sizzling subject within the West — Seema explains that it’s “cultural appreciation” since she has been invited to an Indian operate and has to put on one thing ethnic.

Hollywood has all the time been accused of tokenism — that’s while you put an individual of color in a scene or a narrative simply to point out ‘range’ and ‘woke-ness’, with out giving them something significant to do, or just stereotyping them.
This sari–lehenga fiasco performs out like that. We want Bradshaw knew her Indian garments, her sari from her lehenga, and had really chosen a Diwali search for herself, with none of that appropriation/appreciation narrative.
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