SATC 2 faces ban in Abu Dhabi?
Published 17/05/2010 | 17:51
Sex And The City 2 could be banned in Abu Dhabi - the Gulf city which plays the exotic backdrop for the movie sequel.
Less than two weeks before the release of the movie, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, it's unclear whether the film will be shown in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates city, where Carrie and her chic New York posse swap their Jimmy Choos for sandals and kick some sand at Middle Eastern traditions.
Officials turned down a request to film on location, forcing the crew to head to Morocco and recreate the Abu Dhabi setting.
In 2008, the original Sex And The City film was not shown in the UAE, where censors routinely remove scenes such as kissing, nudity and expletives from movies and television shows.
And Shooting Stars, the UAE representatives for distributor Warner Bros, said Emirates officials have still not made a decision about bringing the film to cinemas in the Gulf state after its May 27 release date.
The National Media Council, responsible for oversight of films and other media in the UAE, declined to comment.
The UAE's refusal to participate in the film reflects a desire to "control their brand," said Leila Hudson, graduate director of Near Eastern studies at the University of Arizona.
"To the Emiratis, that 'city' in the title sounds like it's referring - logically enough - to their Abu Dhabi rather than New York. That's a little too in your face," Hudson said.