Sarah Jessica Parker admits that Sex and the City didn’t do enough to highlight issues affecting LGBT people during its six seasons on HBO.
Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival, the 53-year-old actress said if the beloved series was made today “it would be a different show.”
While Stanford and Anthony made frequent appearances, they were usually relegated to the “gay best friend” role—mainly there to further the core quartet’s storylines. Carrie, a sex columnist, once referred to bisexuality as “a layover on the way to Gaytown.”
She, Samantha, Miranda, and even Charlotte all toyed with same-sex relationships, but they were usually whimsical dalliances abandoned by the end of the episode.
“There were no women of color and there was no substantial conversation about the LGBTQ community,” Parker admitted. But, she added, the show and its characters were a product of their time.
“I think Carrie Bradshaw is very much a product of her generation and I think her conversations about sexual politics and intimacy spoke to [those] years… This city has changed—that was 20 years ago this June—this city has changed an enormous amount politically and economically and socially and I think it would be a different show, honestly.”
Speaking with Time’s Up activist Tina Tchen, Parker said her character would also have strong opinions about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.
“I think that she would have a lot to say about this, and I would be curious to read [her] column if she could sit back and look at it.”