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Sex and the City creator gives the most tepid response when asked if the show failed minorities

Patrick Kelleher October 19, 2019
Sex and the City creator gives the most tepid response when asked if the show failed minorities

Sex and the City (Paramount Pictures via Getty)

Sex and the City creator Darren Star has addressed the stark lack of diversity in the iconic show, where characters were overwhelmingly straight, cisgender and white.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Star was asked about the lack of characters from minority backgrounds in Sex and the City.

“That’s the one thing I probably would have liked to have done differently,” he said.

“Hopefully it transcended that, but looking back, wow, that would have been another way to make it feel more groundbreaking.”

Sex and the City was ‘a time capsule,’ creator claims.

Addressing recent criticism from the show’s star Sarah Jessica Parker about the lack of diversity, Star said the show is “a product of its time”.

“I think the show is a time capsule,” he continued.

“You can only think about shows as representing the time that they are being made.

Sex and the City creator gives the most tepid response when asked if the show failed minorities
Sex and the City cast (Paramount Pictures via Getty)

“TV has evolved in being much more inclusive and I think that people do now think about series that way.”

You can only think about shows as representing the time that they are being made.

Twitter users were not impressed with Star’s comments about diversity on the show. He was roundly criticised for suggesting that more diversity would have made the show more groundbreaking instead of acknowledging that it would have better represented the city.

Sarah Jessica Parker said the hit show couldn’t be rebooted because of its lack of diversity.

In an interview from last year, Parker said Sex and the City looks “tone deaf” 20 years on.

When asked if they would ever consider a reboot of the hugely popular show – which went on to spawn two feature-length films – she said: “You couldn’t make Sex and the City today because of the lack of diversity on screen.”

Speaking at the Deauville Film Festival, Parker conceded that a show with four white leads would feel “bizarre” if it was made today.

“I don’t know that you could do it with a different cast,” she continued. “I think that’s radical and interesting, but you can’t pretend it’s the same.”

“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 certainly be 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.”

More: Darren Star, diversity, Sarah-Jessica Parker, sex and the city

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