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    “Women Don’t Talk About Sex Like This”: Cynthia Nixon Recalls Being Called “Gay Men In Disguise” When ‘Sex And The City’ Premiered In 1998

    Sex and the City‘ is one of the most iconic shows that still continues to capture attention. However, like any other hit production, it is not without its drawbacks and criticism. But Cynthia Nixon remains unbothered by the criticism, even the one aimed at the ‘Sex and the City‘ spinoff, ‘And Just Like That.

    The actress recently opened up about some of the passionate reactions the show and its spin-off has provoked. Speaking about it to Page Six at the 90th Annual Drama League Awards on Friday morning, Nixon recalled the old criticism and compared it with the new. Here’s what she said.

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    Cynthia Nixon Looks Back At The Olden Days Of ‘Sex And The City’ Criticism

    Still from 'Sex and the City'
    Still from ‘Sex and the City’

    Cynthia Nixon did not shy away from bashing the critics of her original show ‘Sex and the City‘ and its upcoming spinoff, ‘And Just Like That’. The actress contended that the franchise has always been a subject of some passionate criticism, but according to her, it is all for the wrong reasons.

    People have always been very passionate about ‘Sex and the City’ and now ‘And Just Like That,’” she said during an interview with Page Six, further pointing out that the original show was also subjected to some heavy criticism when it first premiered in 1998.

    I feel like ‘Sex and the City’ is now so enshrined in memory and sentimentality, but people hated us at first,” the Emmy-winning actress said, adding that the early days of the series only saw critics and viewers swiftly dismissing the show as far from reality in terms of the portrayal of women.

    They kept saying over and over, ‘These aren’t really women, these are gay men in disguise. Women don’t talk like this. Women don’t talk about sex like this,’” she said.

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    ‘And Just Like That’ Gets Criticized For Sara Ramirez’s Non-Binary Character On The Show

    Still from 'And Just Like That'
    Still from ‘And Just Like That’

    Cynthia Nixon starred as Miranda Hobbes in the original show, and made it big after the franchise gained ground in the industry. As she is now set to see the iconic show hit the screens again as a spin-off she noted that the new series continues to challenge norms and provoke conversation.

    I think that’s what’s so great about ‘And Just Like That,’” she opined. “We keep pushing the boundaries. We’re not going to do the same old stuff that was once shocking that you’ve now got used to.”

    And Just Like That‘ is underway for production for Season 3 despite the backlash the show has faced, particularly for introducing the non-binary character Che Diaz, played by Sara Ramirez. The ‘Grey’s Anatomy star, who identifies as non-binary in real life too, addressed the criticism during a recent interview.

    I’m very aware of the hate that exists online,” Ramirez said during a 2022 interview with the New York Times. “But I have to protect my own mental health and my own artistry.“And that’s way more important to me because I’m a real human being.”

    “I’m really proud of the representation that we’ve created. We have built a character who is a human being, who is imperfect, who’s complex, who is not here to be liked, who’s not here for anybody’s approval. They’re here to be themselves,” they said.

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