People will recall HBO’s super successful series Sex and the City as groundbreaking television focused on sex and, well, the city. New York City to be precise. However, the New York portrayed on the show looked more like White Plains because everyone was basically white and plain. And don’t think that these misgivings went unnoticed by one of the show’s stars, Cynthia Nixon, and almost (not really) Governor of New York. Years after the show has ended, Cynthia is revealing her true feelings about SATC and why it would never fly in this day and age. Cynthia is still in politician mode!
While promoting her new movie Stray Dolls at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cynthia talked to IndieWire and the show that made her famous came up. Cynthia admitted that there were a few things she would definitely change. And one of those things would be the casting.
“Well, I certainly think we would not have all been white, God forbid,” she said. “One of the hardest things for me — it was at the time, too — is looking back and seeing how much of it centered around money, right? And how, Steve, my [character’s] husband, was like the closest we got to a working class guy, you know? Never mind a working class woman, right?”
Well damn, tell them how you really feel, Cynthia! However she’s not wrong. That cast was whiter than the toilet paper aisle at Costco. However, they stayed laced in the illest fashions of the time and never struggled with their bills or rent, which was also a sign that they must have been a part of the 1% because while these chicks were dining on sushi and champagne, most New Yorkers at the time were eating Ramen while sharing a bottle of Andre with six red cups and calling it a dinner party. Cynthia said she found fault with the lavish nature the ladies portrayed onscreen as well.
“Also, I think we wouldn’t all look like that,” she said. “In terms of like, the perfection factor. In terms of always looking so incredible. And I know that’s the fantasy element, and in terms of the show that was important. But I think there’s a lot of ways that people can be visually compelling without looking — quote unquote — perfect.”
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Well bitch did you even like the damn show?” Because she’s coming with all the receipts like it’s December 26th and she’s not please with any of her Christmas gifts. Cynthia did admit that the show was definitely displayed from a feminist’s perspective, but there’s just one little tweak she would make.
“I think it has a lot of the failings of the feminist movement in it. In that it’s like white, moneyed ladies who are fighting for their empowerment. In a bit of a bubble.”
I think that third Sex and the City movie is finally going to happen now after Cynthia’s interview, and the plot is going to focus on Carrie, Samantha and Charlotte returning to New York for a very special occasion; Miranda’s funeral. And the cause of death was foot-in-mouth disease.