Sarah Jessica Parker Says SATC Seems “Tone Deaf” Now
SJP says in hindsight, the cult series SERIOUSLY lacked diversity.
Sarah Jessica Parker says Sex And The City hasn’t necessarily aged well in the 20 years since it first hit TV screens, admitting the show was "tone deaf" -- as it chronicled the lives of four straight, white, privileged women in New York City.
The star-- who immortalised the iconic character Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons -- said there’s no way the series would be made in 2018, for this glaring reason.
"You couldn't make Sex And The City today because of the lack of diversity on screen," she told the Hollywood Reporter at the Deauville Film Festival in France this weekend.
"I personally think it would feel bizarre,” she said of the series.
If you’ve re-watched the series recently, you would have noticed that -- as well as a lack of diversity in casting -- there are more than a few problematic story lines around people of colour and the LGBT+ community.
Depictions Of People Of Colour
There's the time Samantha begins dating Chivon Williams, an African American record executive.
The hot mess of an episode is chocked full of stereotypes and fetishising and ends with Samantha getting into a bizarre fight with Chivon's sister Adeena about race.
The second Sex And The City film was partly set in the Middle East. It's been criticised for its portrayal of Arab Muslims -- for being not quite as nuanced as its commentary on shoe brands.
The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Farber recounts how the characters give a "rather scathing portrayal of Muslim society" He went on to say "SATC 2 is at once proudly feminist and blatantly anti-Muslim, which means that it might confound liberal viewers."
Handling Of Sexuality and Gender
In season three, Carrie freaks out that the guy she's been seeing is openly bisexual -- and insists that bisexuality isn't a real thing.
And who could forget the time that Samantha literally throws a pot of water out her window to move some transgender sex workers along.
Parker -- who currently stars in the HBO series Divorce -- added that SATC probably wouldn’t work as a reboot, either.
“I don't know that you could do it with a different cast,” she said. “I think that's radical and interesting, but you can't pretend it's the same.”
“It wouldn't be a reboot as I understand it," she added, saying if the series was remade, it would have to "acknowledge the city is not hospitable to those same ideas".
The actress confirmed last year that the Sex And The City 3 film would not be going ahead, saying the decision was “enormously painful” .
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