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If 'Sex And The City' Was Made Today, Sarah Jessica Parker Says One Thing Must Change

"I personally think it would feel bizarre."

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More than 20 years after Sex and the City debuted on HBO, its star Sarah Jessica Parker is reflecting on how the series holds up in today's culture. One of the most obvious issues is the show's lack of diversity — all four leads and most of the supporting cast were White. Parker admits this was "tone-deaf."

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"You couldn't make it today because of the lack of diversity on screen," Parker recently told The Hollywood Reporter at the Deauville Film Festival. "I personally think it would feel bizarre."

Many have called out the show as tone-deaf for more than just its diversity problems. It also featured some problematic dialogue about the LGBTQ community, including bisexual erasure and transphobic language. Last year, the meme "Woke Charlotte" even popped up on social media to challenge many of these moments through imagined comebacks from Kristin Davis' character on the show.

Reboots of classic TV series are all the rage these days, but Parker shared her belief that Hollywood wouldn't be able to remake Sex and the City with a new cast and "pretend it's the same."

"It wouldn't be a reboot as I understand it," she said. "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."

Of course, why remake a show from 20 years ago when you could embrace original ideas from more diverse voices? As Refinery29 points out, Issa Rae's Insecure (also on HBO) is already exploring the complicated love lives and female friendships of modern women of color. 

However, it's also important to note that shows with mostly White casts are still ubiquitous on television. Looking back at series like Sex and City can tell us a lot about the progress that has been made, but also how far we still have to go.

(H/T: Mashable)

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