In a new interview, actress Sarah Jessica Parker is hitting back at trolls who have been criticizing her and her Sex and the City castmates for daring to get older.
Speaking with Vogue, Parker described the ageism and misogyny that has been a part of the discourse since practically the moment And Just Like That...—HBO's revival of the iconic series—was announced earlier this year.
Parker, 56, and her costars Kristen Davis, also 56, and Cynthia Nixon, 55, were all in their early 30s when Sex and the City premiered back in 1998. A lot happens in 23 years, of course—namely aging.
It comes for all of us!
But And Just Like That... is no nostalgia trip—it picks up with the women's characters as they are today, in their mid-50s. Nevertheless, there has been no shortage of predictable online sniping about the women's appearances—and Parker has had it.
Especially since, as she told Vogue's Naomi Fry, older male stars practically never deal with this sort of criticism.
"There's so much misogynist chatter in response to us that would never. Happen. About. A. Man."
Case in point?
The viral discourse about her gray hair that ensued when she was recently photographed having a meal with Bravo host Andy Cohen who has gone quite gray himself, but didn't seem to attract the internet's ire.
"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? I don't know what to tell you people!"
She went on to describe what feels like an unwinnable catch-22 for women of a certain age.
They get criticized "whether we choose to age naturally and not look perfect, or whether you do something that makes you feel better" like plastic surgery, for example.
Laying her exasperation bare, Parker concluded:
"I know what I look like. I have no choice. What am I going to do about it? Stop aging? Disappear?"
Parker's collaborator Michael Patrick King, who served as showrunner of the latter half of the original series and returns to that post for the reboot, added our culture seems to accept very young women or very old women and nothing in between.
"...[O]ne 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.'"
On Twitter, many people applauded Parker's candor about the ageism and misogyny she's faced.
And Just Like That... premieres next month on HBO Max.