The "Sex and the City" star called out the misogynistic way older actresses are scrutinized, in ways that men are not.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker recently called out some of the misogynist and ageist comments that get thrown at her and her co-stars from the hit television show "Sex and the City." In an interview with Vogue, she revealed some of the negative criticism she receives and how a man in her place would never have to confront the same judgment from media outlets. The star added that the advent of social media has made such commentary even more common than it used to be, CNN reports. Alongside the cast from "Sex and the City," she is currently in production on a spinoff series called "And Just Like That..."
"There's so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man," she said during her interview with Naomi Fry writing for "Vogue." "'Gray hair, gray hair, gray hair. Does she have gray hair?'" The comments, Parker explained, come after production has started on the spinoff series. The first season of Sex and the City aired in 1998, with the finale taking place six years later. The cast members have aged since their last performance and naturally, it shows. Instead of embracing the cast's age, the actresses have received major flak.
Parker continued, "I'm sitting with Andy Cohen, and he has a full head of gray hair, and he's exquisite. Why is it OK for him? I don't know what to tell you people!" She was addressing the frenzy that followed when she was photographed displaying her natural gray roots while out for lunch with some of her friends. "It almost feels as if people don't want us to be perfectly OK with where we are," she explained. "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."
The actress added that the scrutiny she faces has become worse as a result of social media. Parker affirmed, "I know what I look like. I have no choice," she added. "What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?" She is one of the many industry stalwarts who have addressed how actresses get treated as they age. Most notably, Jamie Lee Curtis put plastic surgery on the chopping block once again for perpetuating unrealistic beauty standards and "wiping out generations of beauty."
Parker now joins her as a fervent critic of the beauty standards women, particularly older women, are expected to conform to. Meanwhile, she continues to work on the spinoff series with Kristin Davis and
Cynthia Nixon returning as Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes, respectively. "And Just Like That..." is a 10-episode revival of "Sex and the City." The upcoming series is set to premiere on HBO Max and Sky Comedy in December this year.