Fashionably late as ever, Sarah Jessica Parker has come to a conclusion most of us came to years ago: Sex and the City didn’t age as gracefully as its cast.
The main actress behind the beloved, decades-old show even went as far to call it “tone deaf” when looking back on the show with the hindsight of today’s social politics.
In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Parker discussed the major issues with reviving Sex and the City for the modern zeitgeist.
“You couldn’t make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen,” Parker said during the Deauville Film Festival, referring to the all-white cast of main characters. “I personally think it would feel bizarre.”
Of course, in the age of reboots (and in light of the two recent spinoff films), talk of a TV revival has been swarming around Sex and the City like flies to trash on a hot New York day.
But a revival in its previous form seems all but impossible at this point. The ongoing feud between Parker and her previous co-star Kim Cattrall pretty much put all those rumors to bed. There’s also the tiny problem of Cynthia Nixon having moved onto politics.
Finally, the nixing of the third movie felt like the final nail in the coffin for the HBO classic.
But now it seems Parker feels free to air her very reasonable criticisms toward the show that defined her career. Because, once heralded as a trailblazer in women’s representation, Sex and the City carries lots of questionable baggage with how we define progress for women on screen now.
“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.”
Parker tried to imagine what an all-new look for Sex and the City group would look like, both as promising change but also an ultimate challenge:
“It wouldn’t be a reboot as I understand it. If you came back and did six episodes, you’d have to acknowledge the city is not hospitable to those same ideas,” she said.
“You’d look like you were generationally removed from reality, but it would be certainly interesting to see four diverse women experiencing NYC their way … It would be interesting and very worthwhile exploring, but it couldn’t be the same.”
All in all though, Parker seemed comfortable considering what the show — which became nearly synonymous with her own personal brand — would be like if it grew beyond her. Though it’s fair to say HBO’s Girls, the arguable millennial successor to what Sex and the City started, still never moved beyond its unbearably white perspective of the diverse metropolis.
But even the most fashionable shows go out of fashion eventually. And maybe it’s time to put this one in the back of the closet along with those out-of-season Manolos.