Non-binary actor and star of Sex and the City reboot ‘And Just Like That’ Sara Ramirez has been slammed and compared to their hated ‘social justice obsessed’ persona in a searing interview by New York magazine.
Turning a page on the show’s traditional roots, Ramirez was cast as queer comedian Che Diaz, who plays a pivotal role as the iconic character Miranda explores her sexuality.
But the inclusion of the painfully awakened character has turned many fans of the original off – some even calling them “the most hated” person on TV.
In a scathing piece, journalist Brock Colyar poked fun at Ramirez for seeming to share the same opinions as the character they play without any sense of irony.
Colyar wrote, “Ramírez similarly uses words such as trauma, privilege, and social constructs to make their various relevant points. It may seem natural to make such comparisons in your head, but Ramírez avoids them by assuring me, “I’m an actor. I’m not the characters I play. I’m not Che Diaz.”
Sara Ramirez has played several gender-nonconforming roles in the past, most recently non-binary comedian Che Ramirez in And Just Like That
Ramirez has played several gender-nonconforming characters in the past and had starring roles in hit shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Madam Secretary.
But their role in And Just Like That drew criticism from some viewers.
After meeting in New York’s Central Park, a regular spot for the show’s characters, Colyar said Ramirez had a very similar style to her controversial on-screen role.
Notably, Ramirez’s character comes off as a “queer non-binary Mexican Irish diva” — the same description the actor uses in his Instagram bio.
When confronted with criticism of their character, Ramirez seriously pushes back, telling the reporter that such criticism is morally inferior.
Colyar wrote: “Ramírez turns his eyes away from Che saying, ‘Anyone who benefits from the patriarchy will have a problem with Che Diaz.
Brock Colyar, non-binary journalist and MYMag editor, slammed Ramirez for his “overdone” character
Many viewers said they felt the character represented an overt push to include woke storylines in modern shows.
Sex in the City was not a politically correct show. Carrie once described bisexuality as a “stopover on the way to Gay Town”, and Miranda called bi people “greedy”.
In the new spin-off, Ramirez stars alongside Cynthia Nixon in her iconic Miranda role, where the two begin a surprise affair.
Che’s relationship with Miranda ends up being the catalyst for her split from longtime husband Steve (David Eigenberg), upsetting many loyal fans.
Colyar wrote that among other queer people they know, disgruntled viewers were upset after finding the character “a hyperbolized, hypergrip representation of non-binary identity”.
Asked by Colyar about his own “mixed feelings” about the controversial story, they said Nixon responded “like a therapist” and asked “would you unbox this for me?”
“Both actors seem to believe the backlash has more to do with societal unease around gender non-conforming people, rather than hope from actual queer people that we’re portrayed as less lame,” Colyar wrote.
Ramirez starred alongside Sex and the City icons on its reboot, including Cynthia Nixon (right)
Ramirez and Nixon characters embark on a steamy lesbian affair during the show
Despite some criticism, Ramirez said they remained true to their character, insisting it was “exciting that Che is disrupting the mainstream”.
“We had known the mass mobilization against racism for George Floyd,” they added.
“So being aware of the importance of disruption, being aware of the importance of waking people up from sleep from their own comfort and privilege, was so important to me that summer.”
Earlier this year, Ramirez once again addressed criticism of their character, insisting that the backlash from viewers hasn’t affected her.
“I’m very aware of the hate that exists online,” she said. The New York Times. “But I have to protect my own sanity and my own artistry.”
Speaking about blocking out the negativity and focusing on the character and the show, Ramírez explained, “And that’s much more important to me because I’m a real human being.”
“I’m really proud of the representation we’ve created. We built a character who is human, who is flawed, who is complex, who is not there to be loved, who is not there for anyone’s approval.
“They are here to be themselves.”