Cynthia Nixon has taken a swipe at the original Sex And The City series, claiming it was ‘tone deaf’ on race and gender issues – despite the spin-off receiving criticism for being ‘woke and dull.’
The actress, 55, who confirmed her own daughter was transgender in 2018, has reprised her role as Miranda Hobbes for new spin-off series …And Just Like That.
And Cynthia, happily married education activist Christine Marinoni since 2012, said she was reluctant to return for the new reboot unless the creators made it more diverse.
Consequently the has been given a woke makeover, with Miranda – now a woman in her ’50s – experiencing a sexual awakening and embarking on a same-sex fling.
In an interview with News Corp published by the Herald Sun, she said: ‘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.
She added: ‘I’m very proud of the original series – despite it being occasionally tone deaf on race and gender.’
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
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 actress has also discussed her relationship with son Samuel, 23, who she revealed was transgender in June 2018.
Speaking to Alan Cumming and Chris Sweeney on the Homo Sapiens podcast, she said: ‘Before I ever had an inkling my kid might be trans I read a really extensive article… [about] all of these parents of pre-pubescent kids who were really struggling with this.
‘There was one dad who said “At a certain point, the decision seemed to me I could have a dead son or a live daughter” and it’s like, after you say that, what more is there to say?
AND JUST LIKE THAT… THE (SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS) STORY SO FAR
1. Carrie Bradshaw, once a flighty New York City columnist, is now an advocate for ‘cisgender women’ – girls whose gender identity is the same as their sex assigned at birth – and devotes her time to a podcast on the subject
2. With the new series embracing a modern outlook on gender and sexuality, new characters include non-binary stand-up comedian and podcast host Che Diaz, played by Sarah Ramirez
All change: Carrie Bradshaw, once a flighty New York City columnist, is now an advocate for ‘cisgender women’
3. Miranda is prone to bouts of racial ‘microaggression’ – a term used for commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental slights that suggest negative attitudes towards maginalised groups
4. Miranda also experiences a woke sexual awakening and embarks on a same-sex fling with Che, despite being a married woman in her ’50s
5. Another fresh storyline sees Charlotte’s daughter Lily explore her own sexuality, and the possibility that she might be transgender
6. Meanwhile Charlotte is keen to diversify her dinner parties by inviting as many of her black friends as possible
Here we go: Miranda also experiences a woke sexual awakening and embarks on a same-sex fling, despite being in her ’50s
Devoted: The former Sex and the City star previously opened up about parenthood to son Samuel, 23, who she revealed was transgender in June 2018 (pictured above)
‘You can make all the arguments that you want… but the fact is, as a parent, as a human, you should listen to what people tell you about themselves.
Samuel was born Samantha Mozes in November 1996 to Cynthia and her then-partner and college sweetheart Danny Mozes.
Touching on sexuality, the star, who is married to Christine Marinoni and is a advocate for LGBTQ rights, Cynthia said: ‘It’s different but it’s the same as when you think about 30/40 years ago and more, the arguments given to gay people that “This is just a phase,” “You’re gonna grow out of this.”’
For you: Cynthia has been happily married to Christine Marinoni since 2012
LOOK AWAY CARRIE, THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
‘There are far too many 2021 cultural touchstones and new characters are awkwardly parachuted into the luscious looking … revival of sorts, as if to check a box’ – Deadline
‘The zippy, intimate, charmingly featherlight landmark HBO series of yore has been replaced by yet another bloated streaming-service grief-com’ – The Washington Post
‘It reduces the original characters to a baffled trio trying to negotiate a strange new world, as if the only thing ageing has to offer us (or women at least) is confusion and failure’ – The Guardian
‘[It] tries to update its sassy turn-of-the-century sensibility for an era of diversity, [and] is painful’ – The New York Post
Miranda’s sexual awakening during a recent episode of And Just Like That… when she shared a steamy moment with bisexual Che Diaz, has been lauded by fans of the Sex And The City reboot.
After watching episode three, entited When In Rome, fans have praised the storyline as they declared online they are ‘happy she is finally coming out’ and admitted the sex-positive scene made them feel ‘tearful’.
Although Miranda is in a hetrosexual marriage with Steve in the series, they rejoiced that Miranda was finally able to live as her authentic self.
Impressed: Miranda’s sexual awakening during a recent episode of And Just Like That… when she shared a steamy moment with bisexual Che Diaz, has been lauded by fans of the Sex And The City reboot
Delighted: Fans of the show appeared to be receptive to her sexual awakening
One person wrote: ‘We always knew Miranda was gay. I’m happy she finally coming out.’
Another said: ‘After screaming ‘you’re gay!’ at Miranda for years I cried when she finally got her gay awakening.’
A third person shared several images of Miranda from the series so far and wrote: ‘Mirand’s gay awakening era so true.’
Intense: While the scene was no doubt a nod to Miranda’s heavily hinted alcoholism, she was also seen having an intense exchange with Che once inside the club
Close: The pair leaned in for a kiss during a recent episode of the Sex And The City spin-off
A different person wrote: ‘Miranda and Che [series of eye emojis]’, hinting at a potential romantic relationship between the two characters.
Another posted a picture of Melissa McCarthy doing a heart symbol and wrote: ‘Me watching Miranda come into her late in life Queerness!’
Elsewhere another viewer joked: ‘My mentioned how Carrie went home to her apartment and I was like??? Anything post Miranda’s gay awakening did not register with me.’
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)
However the show has received a mixed response and some brutal reviews that brand Carrie Bradshaw’s return to screens ‘grim’, ‘awkward’ and a ‘painful downer’.
The new series sees three of the four original leading ladies reuniting, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon reprising their roles as Carrie, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes.
But it seems the on-screen star power was not enough to wow critics, who wasted no time in slamming the show’s lack of humor, overly-woke storylines, and ‘awkward’ plotlines following the premiere of the first two episodes in December.
Divided: The show has received a mixed response and some brutal reviews that brand Carrie Bradshaw’s return to screens ‘grim’, ‘awkward’ and a ‘painful downer’
According to the New York Times, the ‘cringey’ series has ‘lost its touch,’ with writer James Poniewozik claiming that it felt more like two shows than one – one that he called a ‘downer’ and the other that he described as a ‘painful’ attempt to update the original show.
‘One, which tries to grow with the women as they navigate their 50s and mortality, is a downer, but it takes risks and in moments is very good,’ he wrote.
‘The other, which tries to update its sassy turn-of-the-century sensibility for an era of diversity, is painful.’
He added that the show felt ‘oddly paced and grim, without quite managing catharsis,’ and that it’s ‘unfortunate jokes’ about today’s issues (like the coronavirus pandemic) did not help.
Welcome back: The new series sees three of the four original leading ladies reuniting, among them Miranda Hobbes
Deadline wrote in its review that it felt like the ‘problematic’ series added the ‘awkward’ new characters in an attempt to ‘check a box,’ and slammed executive producer Michael Patrick King for not updating the original characters enough.
‘There are far too many 2021 cultural touchstones and new characters are awkwardly parachuted into the luscious looking … revival of sorts, as if to check a box,’ they wrote.
‘Additionally, far too many of the original characters (now in the dusk of middle age) in the show … are pretty much unchanged from who they were all those years ago – which is true and problematic.’
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
The Washington Post author Inkoo Kang called the ‘aggressive and exhausting’ show a total ‘bummer’ and ‘disappointment.’
She even dissed the showrunners for trying to ‘play catch up’ and ‘generate headlines.’
She wrote: ‘The zippy, intimate, charmingly featherlight landmark HBO series of yore has been replaced by yet another bloated streaming-service grief-com, the latest piece of intellectual property back in zombie form to generate headlines, pique nostalgia and ultimately disappoint us.
‘In previous iterations, its moments of emotional groundedness and deepening characterization had hit as hard as they did because of their contrast to the show’s essential tutu-cavorting buoyancy – a fact that the sequel misses entirely.
‘Detracting even more from the show’s innate sense of fun is its many mea culpas for the criticisms the show has received since its departure from the air nearly 20 years ago. If Sex and the City once drove the culture, it’s playing catch-up now.’
The Guardian also called the show ‘terrible,’ and claimed that it ‘reduced’ the formerly-iconic trio into ‘confused failures.’
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)
New characters in the spin-off series 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.
Nixon also admitted that the problematic nature of the original series concerned her going into the revival, but that she was relieved once she spoke to Michael Patrick King about giving the series a ‘sea change’.
‘As wonderful as SATC is, to do that show right now would be incredibly tone-deaf. So I was really worried that the transformation wouldn’t be big enough, and my fears are very allayed,’ she said.
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.
Episodes of the reboot have seen many nods to political correctness and sensitivity – with the characters discussing racial microaggressions, gender identity and sexuality.
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
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.’
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.’