For those of you too young to remember, Sex And The City was a revolutionary television series created by gay producer Darren Star for HBO. It ran from 1998 until 2004, with a total of 94 episodes.
Set and filmed in New York City and based on the 1997 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, the show follows the lives of a group of four women who, despite their differences, remain inseparable and confide in each other. It starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Nixon.
Sex And The City was loved and hated in equal measure. I loved it. I rank it as one of the best television series of all time. The series won seven of its 54 Emmy Award nominations, eight of its 24 Golden Globe Award nominations, and three of its 11 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
It spawned one really good feature film, Sex And The City (2008) and one real stinker Sex And The City 2 (2010).
I have been thinking about Cynthia Nixon and her run for governor of New York. I don’t live in New York, and I really shouldn’t care, and yet I do. The New York Gubernatorial primaries will be held on September 13, 2018.
Openly gay former NYC Council speaker Christine Quinn, a supporter of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nixon’s opponent in the Democratic primary, said in an interview with the NY Post:
“Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City. Now she wants an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor.”
Nixon responded with a clever quip via Twitter:
”When I announced yesterday that I’m running for gov, one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an ‘unqualified lesbian’. It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.”
I have also been thinking about the upcoming Tony Awards to be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday June 10.
Last year, when Nixon won a Tony and she got all political in her acceptance speech. She won Best Featured Actress in a Play for one of her two roles n in Lillian Hellman‘s The Little Foxes. In her speech Nixon said the play, a story of a family trying to get rich, is “eerily prescient”. Nixon:
“80 years ago, Hellman wrote: ‘there are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it and other people who just stand around and watch them do it,’ my love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it.”
Last year, at an anti-Trump rally at the historic Stonewall Inn, Nixon said:
“We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says ‘other,’ less than,’ ‘easy target if you’re looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonize, beat up, even kill… We don’t know yet what Donald Trump has in store for us, and chances are he doesn’t either.”