Sarah’s Sex & The City: Fred & Ginger Together

by Steve Finefrock – [scriptwriter]

“The Gay Divorcee” had a different meaning, in a different time, when Fred and Ginger slipped out of supervision after singing “Dancing the Continental” – today’s ‘meaning’ of gay is a few galaxy parsecs away from that film’s definition. Seeing this charming duet, courtesy of TCM, brought home another reason the Left hates Sarah. She’s got Ginger’s facial style, body-language literacy and fashion sense, with a faint sheen of Hollywood. And sometimes, a hint of Frederick’s of Hollywood.

But she do pull it off.

Though John & Sarah aren’t yet a thoroughly synchronized political counterpoint to Fred and Ginger, there is a rough similarity. Without the lengthy rehearsal, they are having fun, that term the key encouragement to Palin from her senior pal before entering that debate forum with Biden. It is asserted often, by feminists and feminazis alike, that Ginger Rogers endured the harder job in that dancing duo: she had to perform all the same steps as Fred Astaire, and all the while dancing backwards while wearing heels.

Ginger was a tough cookie, despite her characters’ sometimes shallow appearances. Once for a lengthy dance tour de force, she returned to her dressing room after multiple takes of the complicated, exhausting routine. Her assistant watched Ginger remove her four-inch heels, holding one up high to pour out a considerable volume of her own blood. She’d been dancing thru all those film takes, with a spur of the shoe cutting brutally into her foot, and never blinked, never cried, never gave a hint to the camera or her senior partner of her suffering. A true Trooper, that petite little gal.

Hollywood is a tough town, and those who survive are Survivors akin to the CBS franchise. It chews up contenders like M&Ms and leaves most in a heap of ego goo. A showy town, with many latest-&-hottest clubs displaying babes in the latest slutty styles, and slutty shoes, emerging from stretch limos over a block-long queue, lining up for the latest ‘in’ club’s acceptance. Evening walks along Hollywood Boulevard in my suffering artiste’s residential era saw a lot of Armani on slinky, slithery bodies – and few of them pulled it off. Including the shoes, the ‘do’ of upswept and downswept hair.

But Sarah! She do pull it off. She’s on the razor’s edge sometimes, maybe a half-inch of shoe-sole leather reaching across the line into trashy style. But on her, it works. WORKS! WORKS!

And so it thus works the crazy medulla oblongata of the political left: she’s too Hollywood, but without Hollywood values. Style and sass and class, in substantial harmony with Mac’s cooler style and manner. She’s always following Mac’s pre-debate dictate: HAVE FUN.

Satin or silk, leather or pleather, she pulls it off. Just walks up to the line, a sort of fashion-sense brinkmanship. Much like Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” fame. And like that “S&C” we see hints of all four NYC babes’ elements in Sarah. Maybe that also is part of what drives the brainstems crazy among the left.

Carrie herself is slinky and sexy and still quite ‘wholesome’ with a lively, joie de vivre quality. Shoes and dresses filling her closet, and open-souled expression are her life centerpoints. Miranda is serious as a heart attack, career driven, looking for a man who will be self-confident enough to accept her driven nature. Sweet Charlotte is stylish, disarming, standard-values advocate all the way [advises firmly against Miranda’s consideration of an abortion]. And there’s finally, Samantha: man-hungry, lusty lady of many appetites, a careerist driven to make the world notice her.

All four “S&C” gals are, in part, a part of Sarah Palin. Her wardrobe challenges that of Carrie, her career drive that of Miranda [and her hubby Todd matching Steve, Miranda’s confident, supportive and accepting mate]. And her values stand hard like Charlotte’s, albeit with compromises along the way – which Charlotte herself had to face many times. And that middle-years birth of her fifth child? Don’t that show there’s a little bit of lingering lust in the dust of Wasilla?

Ginger Rogers’ facial expressions in “The Gay Divorcee” were complete in every way, reminding me of Sarah’s use of eyebrows, eyelashes, facial swings and tilts, mouthing movements, and tempo changes of her voice. Sarah is as Hollywood in style and professionalism, in her talent as a political master of stagecraft, as Ginger. While Ginger danced the precipice of a sound stage, Sarah dances the edge of fashion statement and political promotion into serious likelihood of being a presidential contender.

There are scores of future Ph.D. dissertations likely to be written on “Why They Hate Sarah” – let part of that academic flood include the sense of fashion, the use of stagecraft style, which has been a part of Hollywood history. And which they feel, at least subconsciously, is being ‘poached’ from them by Sarah. Brinkmanship making the Left crazy, and Hollywood positively pathological.

Of course, there is that wee tiny matter of her being conservative, and unapologetic, and bold about it. And possibly being a presidential candidate to the exclusion of and in competition with Hillary. But some of it is the Frederick’s Tease, a flashing neon light in the face of the Hollywood left, like that bold sign on the original, now-abandoned Frederick’s building on Hollywood Boulevard.

Be Bold, Sarah – drive ‘em crazy. You make it work. Raising in the bargain the testosterone level of the GOP like it’s never known. Who knew!


copyright 2008 Steve Finefrock

Finefrock is founder of Hollywood Forum, a speaker-bureau and panel-discussion vehicle to “Bring the Potomac to the Palisades” on issues that overlap politics and culture with the Hollywood film-TV influence on such national concerns. His scripts have addressed politics [including a TV series pilot/bible package about state political combat, called “A State of the Union”], hazardous materials [from twelve years in emergency management, including six years managing FEMA’s Superfund curriculum for hazmat], terrorism, equestrian reincarnation, serial murderer killing journalists in the nation’s capitol, and fantasy about time-wasters. Finefrock is proprietor of PhoneBooth: The Smallest Space in Hollywood…

2 Responses to “Sarah’s Sex & The City: Fred & Ginger Together”

  1. JP Says:

    Sarah’s Sex & The City: Fred & Ginger Together…

    by Steve Finefrock – [scriptwriter]

    Gay Divorcee” had a different meaning, in a different time, when Fred
    and Ginger slipped out of supervision after singing “Dancing the
    Continental” -……

  2. carrie bradshaw Says:

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