In 2000, Disney released a slapstick animated film loosely based on ancient Peruvian and Inca culture. The premise was simple: a narcissistic young ruler (voiced by David Spade) was turned into a llama by his advisor Yzma and dimwitted sidekick Kronk, whose performances were directed by the inimitable Eartha Kitt and Patrick Warburton. A modest hit that was initially considered a box office disappointment, The Emperor’s New Routine was iconic for his first performance of the proverbial himbo: harmless, affable, ready to please and easily manipulated. Although it was never explicitly stated, Yzma and Kronk was a not-so-subtle May-December relationship, where Kronk deferred without malice to Yzma’s whims and machinations.
In case it’s not already obvious, Caroline and Sergio remind me of Yzma and Kronk, and not just because in some versions of the multiverse, Sergio’s ancestors would have colonized this empire (I know the metaphor is tenuous, but work with me here; plus, Disney owns Marvel, right? So that sort of applies). Their dynamic operates in a whirlwind of delirium and submission that I find quite bizarre. Sergio – a 27-year-old man – refers to sex with the euphemism “tiki tiki night”, as if there were toddlers in the room with whom they did not want to have indecent conversations; he is literally in tears as he begs his wife for sex! It’s about as comfortable to watch as a urinary tract infection.
It should come as no surprise that Sergio’s parents aren’t too keen on their baby boy getting married Dear Mum. However, Caroline was still blindsided by the fact that perhaps Sergio’s parents had not fantasized that their child’s partner would be an inflexible, restrained divorcee with two older children and no maternal instincts. With a rebuttal like, “Frankly, I’m keeping Sergio out of trouble and raising him for you,” it sounds less like Stanbury is committed to marriage and more to timeshare. One thing I didn’t expect to come to light, however, is that the Carrallos offered their beloved son money to leave the union. I’m pretty confused about the financial dynamics of this situation at this point. I assumed Caroline lived in luxury, but she even transformed this episode at work, promoting the Raffles Hotel in her role as an influencer – excuse me, I mean global ambassador – which, she says, “is like a dream job”. Of all the luxury hotels that could use brand awareness, Raffles, home of the Singapore Sling, would seem pretty far down the list to me, but I’m not in the hotel industry, so maybe it I’m missing something here. For what it’s worth, Stanbury’s dad turned out to be perfectly nice and level-headed for a wealthy Brit, but I’m sure those are the famous last words of a lot of people, so do what you want with them.
When she later hooks up with Lesa and Ayan (who sports a dizzying array of feathers in an oxblood minidress she manages to pull off) at Nina’s tea party, her false notion of hierarchy resurfaces. She embarks on an unfortunate one-on-one with Lesa. As Nina tries her best to ghost yet another conflict, Caroline deigns to tell Lesa that she “felt molested” by Lesa at Nina’s friend’s birthday party. Due to the editing and the way the scene is shot, there’s clearly a bit of Frankenbiting to this scene, but it’s clear that Stanbury doubled down on the microaggressions, calling the interaction aggressive until she is cornered by Lesa holding her responsible with her own behavior, not hesitating to tell her that she was vulgar. Somehow, while Lesa was aggressive, Stanbury was sarcastic and cheeky after drinking too much, like that sounds like something. She reluctantly mutters a sorry between bites of a very stale fry – yet somehow she manages to remain the offended party in her confessional, acting as if the boundary Lesa is setting is beyond her. beyond pallor. “Where’s the line with Lesa?” she wonders, openly admitting that she doesn’t even remember a word she said. The ability of white women to take offense at their own indiscretions is truly a superpower. And in case you were wondering, the relationship between Lesa, carolinaand Sergio hasn’t improved these days.
In Sara Al-Madani’s world, we begin to see the downsides of what people call “toxic positivity.” It’s good that Sara, born into a comfortable life and always encouraged to pursue her dreams, is now doing exactly what she wants to do. It just won’t translate into a role model for everyone, and his belief is that it will quickly turn into preachy preaching. “It’s never too late to become someone like me; I wasn’t born that way” is a quote I’d expect to see on a BuzzFeed list of “17 Things You Can’t Believe Tyra Banks Said During America’s Next Top Model,” not the advice of a licensed life coach (I believe?). Also, if the advice she was supposed to give Ayan is to help her achieve a future similar to hosting a global citizen forum, she should know that the events and actions are mostly scams. performative, however gratifying. in a conference room can feel. However, Ayan looked stunning in her golden dress and matching shawl.
Caroline Brooks, however, continues to be the most drifted in this series. She’s hosting an event at Cove Beach, where her best childhood gay friends basically used a light pink form of the Dubai experience with other gay friends. Let’s be very clear, this is only a perception of the queer experience for expats with means or access to affluent people, and even then it’s still managed relatively low-key. It would be extremely dishonest to suggest that all of Dubai, including Emiratis, felt empowered to flout Sharia law at will, and I think it’s more than a little irresponsible of Bravo to do the same . They made similar implications about race relations which I have not found to be accurate based on multiple reports and experiences I know of within my network alone, but this is explicitly codified and, therefore, factually incorrect.
As someone who truly sees the potential in this franchise, I implore the production team and the network to refrain from sanitizing difficult conversations. The best way to win over a Western audience isn’t to work to prove how similar they are to an American counterpart; it’s working within your differences and being honest about those realities. There’s a lot of ugly and shameful things about American life – the world watches us move through a real-time horror show, and there’s no meeting for everyone to dress up and debrief at the end. . Let the women step in and confront the difficult questions; it will enhance the show and make fans more confident in the authenticity of the story.