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And Just Like That: Sarah Jessica Parker Hits Back At Sexist Comments About Her 'Ageing' Face

Kimberley Bond

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And Just Like That: Sarah Jessica Parker Hits Back At Sexist Comments About Her 'Ageing' Face

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Sarah Jessica Parker has hit back at critics who have sniped at her “ageing” looks for And Just Like That, the hotly-anticipated Sex and the City reboot.

The new series, which will hit screens just next month, sees Sarah Jessica reprise her role as sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw, and observes how she and her friends navigate their lives in their fifties.

Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Carrie Bradshaw (Credit: Alamy)
Sarah Jessica Parker is back as Carrie Bradshaw (Credit: Alamy)

However, the very concept of seeing women ageing seemed to mortally offend some people, who have criticised the cast for daring to look older.

And it seems it’s something Sarah Jessica has absolutely zero time for.

In an interview with Vogue, she said emphatically: “There's so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never happen about a man.”

Referring to the response she received to a pap shot where she was photographed sat with friend Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica continued: “’Grey hair, grey hair, grey hair. Does she have grey hair?'

Sex and the City: And Just Like That sees Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte return (Credit: HBO)
Sex and the City: And Just Like That sees Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte return (Credit: HBO)

“'I'm sitting with Andy Cohen, and he has a full head of grey hair, and he's exquisite. Why is it okay for him?

“I don't know what to tell you people! Especially on social media. Everyone has something to say. 'She has too many wrinkles, she doesn't have enough wrinkles.’”

Now 56, Sarah Jessica added that she believes people who want to just age naturally are treated as outliers.

“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,” she said.

“I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop ageing? Disappear?”

The new series focuses on the group of friends in their fifties (Credit: HBO)
The new series focuses on the group of friends in their fifties (Credit: HBO)

Some people’s strange obsession with how older women in the public eye choose to present themselves was something executive producer Michael Patrick King found jarring.

Also speaking to Vogue, he explained: “When we announced And Just Like That... there were a lot of positive reactions, but one bitchy response online was people sharing pictures of the Golden Girls.

And I was like, 'Wow, so it's either you're 35, or you're retired and living in Florida. There's a missing chapter here.”

New staff writer Samantha Irby added: “'I think it's revolutionary to do a show about middle-aged women, with their ageing lady bodies.”

Well, we can’t wait to see the next chapter for Carrie and co.

And Just Like That will air on Sky Comedy and NOW in December. 

Topics: TV And Film, Celebrity

Kimberley Bond
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