Sarah Jessica Parker attended the premiere of her film Here and Now this week at the Deauville Film Festival. But even in France, she couldn’t avoid being grilled about Sex and the City.
“You couldn’t make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen,” she said of the iconic HBO series, which featured four white leads.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, she continued, “I personally think it would feel bizarre,” adding that the show now looks “tone-deaf.”
“I don’t know that you could do it with a different cast,” Parker explained. “I think that’s radical and interesting, but you can’t pretend it’s the same.”
“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. 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.”
Parker also promoted diversity when asked about #MeToo. “I take comfort in that movements take time, and I don’t see it as a feminist movement,” she said, acknowledging she might “get in trouble” for her comments. “I look at it as a humanist movement, because it’s not just about women in the workplaces, it’s [about] the LGBTQ community.”
Earlier this year, reflecting on the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City’s premiere, Parker also discussed how the series failed minority groups.
“There were no women of color and there was no substantial conversation about the LGBTQ community,” she said, clarifying that the show and its characters, including gay best friends Stanford and Anthony, were products of their time.
Sex and the City, which premiered in 1998 and concluded on HBO in 2004, continued with feature films in 2008 and 2010.