Cynthia Nixon has taken a swipe at the original Sex And The City series, claiming it was ‘tone deaf’ on race and gender issues.
In an interview with News Corp published by the Herald Sun, the 55-year-old also said that she was ‘reluctant’ to return for the new reboot, titled And Just Like That, unless the creators made it more diverse.
‘But the more I talked to Sarah Jessica [Parker], [writer-creator] Michael Patrick King, and Kristin [Davis], about the things that I couldn’t go back without – a real sea change in terms of the lack of diversity in the original series, they were on board,’ she said.
Progressive: Cynthia Nixon has taken a swipe at the original Sex And The City series, claiming it was ‘tone deaf’ on race and gender issues as she defends the show’s woke reboot
She added: ‘I’m very proud of the original series – despite it being occasionally tone deaf on race and gender.’
In a previous interview with Elle UK last week, Nixon gushed about And Just Like That’s ‘breath-taking’ new cast of non-white and gender diverse characters.
‘It’s part of the reason we wanted to do the show – to go back and [undo] the things that we really got wrong,’ she told the magazine.
The new characters include Lisa Todd Wexley (played by Nicole Ari Parker), who is a a documentarian married to a successful hedge fund manager (played by Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson) and Dr. Nya Wallace (played by Karen Pittman), a Columbia Law professor.
There’s also powerful real estate agent Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury), and nonbinary podcaster and comedian Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez).
Blast from the past! ‘I’m very proud of the original series – despite it being occasionally tone deaf on race and gender,’ she said. (Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kim Cattrall pictured in 1998)
The 10-episode reboot began airing earlier this month after obstacles including filming during the pandemic, and the absence of series regular Kim Cattrall, 65, from the show after she fell out with Parker.
However, reviews of the revival branded the reboot a ‘misfire’ as it struggled to find its place in ‘woke’ times, something the show has been heavily criticised for over the years – due to its largely white cast and claims of gender and racial stereotyping and sex-shaming.
Episodes of the reboot have seen many nods to political correctness and sensitivity – with the characters discussing racial microaggressions, gender identity and sexuality.
Diversity: Nixon has praised the reboot’s diverse new cast of non-white and gender non-conforming characters. (Pictured with LeRoy McClain, Sara Ramirez, and Karen Pittman)
Recent episodes have seen Miranda accidentally deliver a slew of racial microaggressions in a conversation with her black professor Dr. Nya Wallace, while Charlotte’s daughter Lily has revealed she believes she is transgender.
Discussing the reboot’s new take, Kristin Davis recently explained: ‘We had this idea to come back in this way we’ve come back with a new kind of broader world.’
Referring to the new characters, she added: ‘They’re so brilliantly cast and they have such an interesting point of view.’
New star: Nonbinary queer Mexican-American actor Sarah Ramirez (pictured) plays Che Diaz in the reboot, a nonbinary stand-up comedian who hosts a podcast with Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw
Nixon added: ‘Michael Patrick [King, the series director] really focused on the heart of each of these characters and also their connection to each other. He’s so funny but also he goes for the gut punch every time.’
Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker noted: ‘We’re back because we want to be. Nobody dragged us back, this is a hard fought choice.
‘We want to be here to tell this story in this way and invite all these new people.’
Awkward: Reviews of the revival branded the reboot a ‘misfire’ as it struggled to find its place in ‘woke’ times, something the show has been heavily criticised for over the years