And Just Like That… stars Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Nicole Ari Parker slammed Meghan McCain for calling the Sex and the City revival “misguided” and too “policitally correct.”
McCain took aim at the HBO reboot in a December op-ed, calling the show a “clumsy attempt to reformat the show into the woke and puritanical times we are living in.”
“Carrie now plays the part of the ‘cisgender woman’ on a podcast with younger co-hosts,” she wrote about Sarah Jessica Parker’s character. “One of them is — of course — queer and nonbinary. Because it’s so boring and un-evolved to be a straight white woman.”
She said that “entire plotlines are dedicated to microaggressions,” and isn’t sure if she should blame the writers or “this particularly stupid and repressive time we are living in.”
McCain roasted Nixon’s “hopeless” character Miranda for coming off as “cringey” and “inadvertently racist.” While panning show runners for only casting new diverse characters to “satisfy the PC censors” without fully developing them.
“It is wokeness superficially shoved down your throat to make a point about wealthy white liberal women ‘evolving’ into the political climate of 2021,” she contended. “Like so much of the fallacy I find in modern liberalism in major cities, these characters seem to encompass the absurdity of some progressive, woke white women.”
“Wokeness kills everything and I am disappointed to tell you that ‘And Just Like That’ is another victim of Hollywood trying to placate a specific audience and not the original one, which made it a hit in the first place,” McCain concluded.
In a recent interview with Andy Cohen, Nixon pushed back at McCain’s assessment. “I disagree. The show became so beloved — reruns for all those years,” she said. “I feel like people have watched it, and they know it so well, inside and out.”
Nixon noted that the show intentionally pushed characters out of their comfort zones.
“Because people know it so well, they have enshrined it in nostalgia. But this is a show that has always pushed every kind of boundary,” she remarked. “I think that that’s what’s so magnificent about the new show — about how many different directions we’re going with that, and pushing boundaries and shaking people up.”
New cast member Nicole Ari Parker, outright blasted McCain for her critique. “Comments like that say more about the person saying them,” she said. “Maybe it is too much for you. For these characters in New York City, it’s not.”
Had no interest in the original and this version sounds even more insipid. I know it is difficult for people outside of New York and California to understand but many of us do not like your choices, much less envy them. We are simply tired of having your pseudo-righteous self-absorption recast as virtue and shoved down our throats.
Very well put.