‘And Just Like That’ Cast Responds To Meghan McCain Calling ‘Sex And The City’ Reboot Too Woke

‘And Just Like That’ Cast Responds To Meghan McCain Calling ‘Sex And The City’ Reboot Too Woke

Fans tuned in to the “Sex and the City” reboot, “And Just Like That,” either expecting it to be a comforting dose of nostalgia or a colossal failure like the second “SATC” movie. But even the most optimistic fan had to assume that creators would weave in modern elements that can only be described as woke.

They were right about that prediction. “And Just Like That” intentionally focused on diversifying the cast by adding multiple ethnicities to join the three white main characters after receiving criticism for the original version. Showrunners also wrote in a nonbinary character, Che Diaz (Sarah Ramirez), who becomes the love interest of Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) despite the fact that she’s married with a child. 

In November, former “View” co-host Meghan McCain penned a scathing review of the series that echoed what so many other former fans of “Sex and the City” were thinking of the reboot. McCain said in the Daily Mail op-ed that “wokeness kills everything” in response to the new show.

Two members of the “And Just Like That” cast responded to McCain’s column during an episode of Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM show Saturday, Fox News reported. Cynthia Nixon and Nicole Ari Parker said “AJLT” fully honored the original “Sex and the City.”

“I disagree,” Nixon told Cohen when he asked her opinion on McCain’s op-ed. “The show became so beloved — reruns for all those years. … I feel like people have watched it, and they know it so well, inside and out.”

“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. 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,” Nixon continued. “And most importantly, shaking the characters up.”

“We don’t want to see these characters … comfortable. We want to see them out of their comfort zones.”

Nixon’s character Miranda received some of the harshest criticism on the series. Fans felt like she was behaving erratically, which didn’t match up with the pragmatic, hard-working lawyer from the original series who always had to talk sense into her impulsive best friend Carrie. The old Miranda would never abandon her responsibilities for a fling.

Meanwhile, Parker was a new addition to the cast, playing Charlotte’s friend Lisa Todd Wexley. She agreed with Nixon’s assessment of McCain’s column. 

“Comments like that say more about the person saying them,” she told Cohen.

McCain slammed the series in her original Daily Mail article

“Carrie now plays the part of the ‘cisgender woman’ on a podcast with younger co-hosts. One of them is — of course — queer and nonbinary. Because it’s so boring and un-evolved to be a straight white woman,” she wrote.

“I don’t know who to blame: the writers of the show or this particularly stupid and repressive time we are living in. Now entire plotlines are dedicated to microaggressions,” McCain added.

McCain summed up her feelings on “Sex and the City” going full woke.

“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.”

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