That time Chris Noth proved he was as much an a-hole as Mr. Big
Wait. What? Chris Noth just did an interview and said some pretty horrible stuff about Sex and the City and its heroine, Carrie Bradshaw.
Fans of the hit show will remember that Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mr. Big's (Noth) romance had so many ups and downs, it was a wonder the two of them ever ended up together.
Personally, I never liked Mr. Big and I could never understand what Carrie saw in him. In fact, when I watch the reruns, I am always fast-forwarding through most of their scenes together because they make me cringe. To me, he was just a big a-hole and now I'm starting to think that Noth might be, as well.
In a recent interview with news.com.au, Noth said some pretty hateful things about the show, Carrie and women in general, all of which have a lot of fans (rightfully) in arms.
The interviewer asked Noth about playing powerful men, both on Sex and the City and on his current show, The Good Wife.
"She was such a whore!"
"People accuse me of always playing powerful men. But they're flawed — Big was powerful because he had a lot of money and he seemed to have the upper hand in the relationship, but emotionally he was a wreck. Actually, no: He was what he was. One of the things I tell people is that he never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn't. He was always honest about himself — he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn't work, and he went on to get married while she went on to... how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore! [laughs]."
Missing the point of the show
Now, even though Noth goes on to say in the next sentence that Carrie was a "strong, smart woman," I feel the need to stop and discuss what he just said and how he is very confused about women and about the show itself.
The whole point of Sex and the City was to depict women as strong, unique individuals who could be just as interested in sex as men without being called words like "whore," "slut" and all those other lovely terms that oddly don't have a male counterpart. It's 2014 and the stereotype still exists that men who are promiscuous are celebrated, while women who simply own their sexuality are condemned.
The fact that Noth used the word "whore," even if he laughed and tried to make light of it, shows just how little he understands the purpose of the very show that helped turn him into a star.
Later on in the interview, Noth was asked about the lack of success of the second film. He blamed it on the location of the second film and, while that could be argued as possible, his reasoning is again unbelievably flawed.
More insults for Sex and the City and others
"The New York that Sex and the City depicted is not the New York that I love," Noth said. "New York was a much bigger, more interesting place than just fashion and glitz and all that crap. It's become its own nightmare — it's become Dubai, which is why I don't spend much time there anymore. It's full of tourists, Times Square is Disneyland. It is safer, and that's good, but what we've lost is the character of the city itself. Street art, street life, the fabulous ethnicities and cultures, the middle class — a lot of that's gone. There used to be so many eclectic stores in New York. Go to Manhattan now and it's nothing but drug stores and banks. It's all about money — all the foreigners, the rich Chinese and rich Russians, come in there and buy everything up, don't even live there and raise the prices up so high. Manhattan used to have a real rainbow coalition of class and ethnicity, but it's being pushed out. It's almost like New York became the [fantasy] city that Sex and the City depicted, which I find particularly boring."
Wow, now that's what I call talent. Noth managed to insult New York, multiple races and the entire Sex and the City franchise all in one paragraph. It's interesting that he talks about admiring the different classes and ethnicities, while simultaneously talking about some particular races and classes with disdain.
Frankly, after hearing what Noth's real opinion is on New York and Sex and the City, I'm hoping that the third film (should there be one) opens with Carrie announcing that she and Big are getting a divorce and we never hear from him again.