Last month, Darren Star, creator of seminal HBO series “Sex and the City,” dropped a bomb that, rather than exploding in fans' faces, imploded with a meek, “No duh, Dar.”
Of the show's series finale -- in which perpetually-independent, fashion-forward journalist Carrie Bradshaw runs back into the arms of (and eventually marries) toxic ex Mr. Big -- Starr told Kindle Singles interviewer David Blum,
I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don't ultimately find happiness from marriage. Not that they can't. But the show initially was going off script from the romantic comedies that had come before it. That's what had made women so attached. At the end, it became a conventional romantic comedy.
Seeing our heroine fold for a man who repeatedly hurt her out of a fear of exposing his emotional weaknesses was depressing even by sixth-season Bradshaw standards, but the actress who played the sex columnist is speaking out in favor of the ending.
In an interview with Yahoo! Style, Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker said,
As I recall, the way Carrie and Big married was something she wanted rather than a feeling that life was slipping away and she best settle quickly. I don't think of it as someone diminishing herself by letting a man marry her — it always felt that she had arrived at that on her own. But the beauty is we can all have lots and lots of opinions about lots of choices Carrie made that we object to or that we stand by. If that's Darren's feeling, I think it's interesting!
Even IRL, it seems, Carrie loves Big.
Citations: SARAH JESSICA PARKER ON WHETHER CARRIE MARRYING BIG WAS A MISTAKE (Elle), WHY CARRIE AND MR. BIG WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO END UP TOGETHER (Elle), Sarah Jessica Parker Would Never Post a Selfie: The Style Icon Talks About Instagram, Divorce, and Her New Movie (Yahoo! Style)