If you want to piss off the cast of the new sequel to Sex and the City, compare them to the Golden Girls. That’s what some wags on social media did when the new series was announced. It’s not accurate for several reasons. Obviously, the Sex and the City women aren’t as old as the Golden Girls, they have escapades in New York City instead of a suffocating retirement community in Florida, and there are only three friends now, instead of four.
When he saw the posts, Michael Patrick King, the showrunner of the new series And Just Like That…, was appalled. “I was like, ‘Wow, so it’s either you’re 35, or you’re retired and living in Florida,” he told Vogue. “There’s a missing chapter here.”
Society has a very binary view of women–either you’re young or you’re old.
We agree completely that society has a binary view of women–either you’re young or you’re old. And that pisses us off too. That’s why we believe in our hearts that Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte would be enthusiastic readers of NextTribe; hell, maybe Carrie would even be writing for us!
Carrie Bradshaw on Aging
Sarah Jessica Parker is used to having her looks and fashion choices scrutinized by the public, but she isn’t used to the catty comments about her aging process. “[On social media] everyone has something to say. ‘She has too many wrinkles, she doesn’t have enough wrinkles,’” Parker told Vogue. “It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are, as if they almost enjoy us being pained by who we are today, whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something if that makes you feel better. I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?”
It almost feels as if people don’t want us to be perfectly okay with where we are.
Sexism is at the heart of the problem, Parker understands. “There’s so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man,” she told writer Naomi Fry. “‘Gray hair gray hair gray hair. Does she have gray hair?’ I’m sitting with Andy Cohen… and he has a full head of gray hair, and he’s exquisite. Why is it okay for him?”
Maybe as a bit of a fuck-you move, Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon, will sport a sleek gray bob in the series. “I like that we’re not trying to youthify the show,” Nixon told Vogue. “We’re not including, like, a 21-year-old niece.” What other issues of aging will the show tackle? We imagine many schticks about lube and Viagra, but we’re sure this let-me-age-in-peace attitude will permeate. Or at least that’s what we expect from staff writer Samantha Irby’s comment: “I think it’s revolutionary to do a show about middle-aged women, with their aging lady bodies.” Bring on the revolution!