Why was Miranda Hobbes so underrated?
I watched SATC as a teen, and then again as an adult. Err yes. My opinion changed.
This is not an article for the “I hate Sex and the City” clan.
Look, I’m not a fan of the films. But the series was a big thing for me growing up, and although it is dated, it was still pretty groundbreaking for its time.
And now Miranda Hobbes (AKA Cynthia Nixon) is running for governor of New York. So it all came screaming back, and I decided to stick my oar in.
As a teen I liked Carrie.
Maybe because I wanted to be a writer and she, somehow, managed to do that and earn enough money to have a life. Actually, a crazy indulgent life.
But from my now adult perspective, Carrie is a narcissistic, attention seeking, materialistic woman who, weirdly, had all these friends who fawned all over her.
She also acts like a child. Isn’t she supposed to be in her mid thirties? What woman in her mid thirties runs around squealing and creeping up on her boyfriend’s Mother in church? I liked her as a teenager because she was acting like a teenager. As an adult, I am appalled.
But this ain’t about that Carrie girl. This is about kick-ass Miranda.
Miranda — the underdog
As a teenager, I thought Miranda was a bit boring. She ain’t so glamorous and she was kind of difficult. Always moaning, I thought. Eye roll. Why can’t she just go out, enjoy brunch, get laid and buy some new shoes?
Ah foolish little teenage me. So naive.
Miranda, it turns out, is the only one on SATC who actually walks the feminist talk (alriiight…there are many legit arguments that SATC was not the best feminist show, but let’s just leave those to one side for now).
Miranda put up with and fought against a lot of shit. If it wasn’t her housekeeper judging her for drinking coffee and having a dildo, it was that snotty lady making her repeat that the apartment she was buying was “just for her”. Or having to make up a partner to get invited to dinner at her boss’s house. Or getting in trouble for leaving work early because she had a damn baby. OR Steve dumping her for having money. WTF?
Also, she wasn’t obsessed with fashion, and is infamous for being the worst dresser on the show. I’m not saying she wasn’t materialistic (she bought Ralph Lauren paint…sorry, but what?) but she often went out the house in odd ensembles and awkward trainers.
As a woman approaching 30, I just love this. Seriously, you’ve got shit to do — who can be arsed to always look picture perfect?
Plus, Cynthia Nixon actually did have a baby while filming the show, and she took a normal amount of time to lose her baby weight. Because hell — that’s what happens when you have a baby! And any TV show that shows you otherwise is lying. Lying, lying, lying.
And on top of that, she called out her friends for making everything about men all the damn time. So props to you Miranda.
Best Miranda Quotes
“Jesus, every time you get near him, you turn into this pathetic, needy, insecure victim. What pisses me off the most is that you are more than willing to go back for more.”
That’s RIGHT Miranda. Carrie the teenage woman needed to hear this.
“I do love you, but I’ve never lived with anybody before. And I’m stubborn, and I like the remote, and I can’t cook. I don’t do laundry, sometimes for like, two weeks, and my sponges smell. You’re going to see all that, and I’m scared.”
There ain’t nothing wrong with being scared Miranda my love. We all feel the fear.
“All we talk about anymore is Big or balls or small dicks. How does it happen that four smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends? It’s like seventh grade but with bank accounts. What about us? What we think, we feel, we know — Christ! Does it always have to be about them? Just give me a call when you’re ready to talk about something besides men.”
Yes please! What about us? *Shakes head*
“A 34-year-old guy with no money and no place to live — because he’s single, he’s a catch. But a 34-year-old woman with a job and a great home — because she’s single, is considered tragic”
Yes…unfortunately, still pretty true.
“I hate baby showers”
So there you have it. The reasons why Miranda is still and will always be the best character.
She was a bit mean to Skipper though. Poor Skipper.