While you are almost guaranteed to hear the dulcet sounds of the Sex and the City theme song wafting from my apartment at 2am on any given night, I'm perfectly comfortable acknowledging that the show was...incredibly problematic and hasn't aged well. The show, like many of its time, was extremely white, straight and cis -- let's not forget the episode where Samantha poured a pot full of water on a group of trans sex workers outside her window. So while Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte remain as iconic as ever, we've come to realize that their fantasy of New York City was exactly that: a fantasy, one that never took into account the extreme diversity that exists in Manhattan.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Jessica Parker agrees. At the premiere of her film Here and Now at the Deauville Film Festival, Parker was doubtful about the idea of reviving Sex and the City for 2018. "You couldn't make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen," she said. "I personally think it would feel bizarre."
"I don't know that you could do it with a different cast. I think that's radical and interesting, but you can't pretend it's the same," she added. "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 called #MeToo a post-feminist movement. "I take comfort in that movements take time, and I don't see it as a feminist movement," she said. "I look at it as a humanist movement, because it's not just about women in the workplaces, it's [about] the LGBTQ community."