'And Just Like That': Was Cynthia Nixon behind panned super woke reboot of SATC?
Calling original series 'tone deaf' on race and gender, Nixon claims she was 'reluctant' to return for reboot unless 'it was more diverse'
Love it or hate it, the new 'Sex and the City' (SATC) reboot is here to stay. By killing Chris Noth's character in its opening episode, the show has certainly got fans hooked right from day 1, and now there's plenty more drama making its way out. In a new interview, Cynthia Nixon, who starred in the original series came out to call it "tone deaf" on race and gender issues, something she was clear she wanted to change.
Nixon's "woke agenda" certainly hasn't gone down well with fans, who claimed after episode 4 of the 10-episode series it "wasn't working". The forced inclusion of more diverse characters has left many unhappy with the reboot. Even non-fans are taking a dig at the show, with Peloton releasing an ad trolling the show after the death of Mr Big. Needless to say, things aren't that great right now for a show that's struggled to get out amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now, Nixon has rubbed some salt on the wounds of producers by slamming the old show and appearing to take credit for some of the changes in the reboot. While not everyone may enjoy the super woke reboot of SATC, Nixon doesn't appear to be shying away from it.
'Couldn't go back without a sea change'
Speaking to The Herald Sun, the 55-year-old said she was "reluctant" to return, saying, "I couldn’t go back without – a real sea change in terms of the lack of diversity in the original series." She even admitted "I really didn’t think I was going to do it," but changed her mind after speaking to Michael Patrick King, and Kristin Davis. But, despite not being as "woke" as the reboot, Nixon said she was "very proud" of the original series.
"I’m very proud of the original series – despite it being occasionally tone-deaf on race and gender... Sex and the City gave me an adult career. And I’ll always be grateful for that." It appears that the feelings were what ultimately caused her to return, but only after she was promised some changes. "I was floored by how hard everybody listened, and how collaboratively we worked together to, not just redecorate the house, but to build a whole new house – that had us in it but new characters, too," she said.
Of course, Nixon stopped short of claiming full credit for the changes in the reboot, but from the interview, she makes it clear she played a key role. Some of those changes include nods to the political correctness of the post-Trumpian world, with the characters discussing racial microaggressions, gender identity, and sexuality. Other changes include a more diverse cast, such as the addition of Sarita Choudhury and Sara Ramirez to the cast.
While Nixon may back the changes, it's clear fans don't. Many have been let down by the reboot's focus on political correctness, but there's little that can change now. Maybe next season, if there is one.