Non-binary And Just Like That star Sara Ramirez SLAMS ‘petulant, hack job’ New York Magazine journalist who wrote a scathing article about them – accusing writer of ‘mocking their thoughtfulness’ and ‘dismissing their existence as a real person’
- Ramirez was slammed for their ‘over-the-top version’ of a queer person in show
- Star, 47, hit back at journalist for their ‘attempt to mock my thoughtfulness’
- The actor’s character criticized for being a ‘social justice-obsessed woke-scold’
Non-binary actor Sara Ramirez appears to have hit back over a blistering interview by New York Magazine which saw them slammed and compared to their hated ‘social justice obsessed’ character in And Just Like That.
The 47-year-old – who uses they/them pronouns – has received mixed reaction from fans over their role as queer stand-up comedian Che Diaz, who has taken a central role in the Sex And The City spin-off series in a storyline that sees iconic character Miranda explore her sexuality.
In a scathing article published by The Cut in June, journalist Brock Colyar mocked Ramirez for appearing to hold many of the same opinions as the character they play without any sense of irony.
Taking to Instagram to share their delayed response to the ‘Hack Job’ article, Ramirez did not hold back as they took issue with the way they were described.
Clapping back: Non-binary actor Sara Ramirez appears to have hit back over a blistering interview by New York Magazine
The statement began: ‘Been thinking long and hard about how to respond to The Hack Job’s article, “written” by a white gen z non-binary person who asked me serious questions but expected a comedic response I guess (?).
‘Here’s the good news: I have a dry sense of humor and a voice. And I am not afraid to use either.’
They continued: ‘I trust that those of you who matter, who are not petulant children, who are smart enough to catch on to what was actually going on there, can perceive it for what it is: an attempt to mock my thoughtfulness and softness, while dismissing a valid existence and real human being in favor of tv show critiques that belonged elsewhere.’
Ramirez then commented on the way people appeared to conflate them and the character Che as they continued: ‘I am not the fictional characters I have played, nor am I responsible for the things that are written for them to say. I am a human being, an artist, an actor.
‘And we are living in a world that has become increasingly hostile toward anyone who dares to free themselves from the gender binary, or disrupt the mainstream.’
The former Grey’s Anatomy star then proceeded to issue a few ‘friendly reminders.’
First, that ‘I can love women (and I do), while not identifying as one.’
The second statement was that ‘feminists come in all genders,’ and third, that ‘when a cis man is in charge and has ultimate control of dialogue actors say, and you have a valid problem with it, perhaps you should be interviewing him.’
Public figure: Ramirez has played several gender-nonconforming roles in the past, most recently non-binary comedian Che Ramirez in And Just Like That
Surprise plotline: Ramirez has starred alongside Sex and the City icons during their time on the reboot, including Cynthia Nixon (right)
They then made a final quip about one of the interview’s criticisms as they stated: ‘Further proof that this “writer” knows little more about me than a Google search provides, I would have happily smoked that joint with them.’
Ramirez has played several gender-nonconforming characters in the past, and before that they famously starred in hit shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Madam Secretary.
Opinion: Brock Colyar, a non-binary journalist, slammed Ramirez’s ‘over-the-top’ character
But their part in And Just Like That sparked 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’ character introduced themselves as a ‘queer nonbinary Mexican Irish diva’ – the same description the actor uses in their Instagram bio.
In the article, Colyar wrote: ‘Ramírez similarly uses words such as trauma, privilege, and social constructs to make their various on-point points. It might feel natural to make such comparisons in your head, but Ramírez heads them off, assuring me, “I’m an actor. I’m not the characters I play. I’m not Che Diaz.”‘
When confronted with criticisms of their character, Ramirez pushed back earnestly, telling the journalist that those critics are morally inferior.
Colyar wrote: ‘Ramírez waves away the side-eyes about Che, saying, “Anybody who benefits from patriarchy is going to have a problem with Che Diaz.”‘
Many viewers reported that they felt the character represented an overt-push to include woke storylines in modern shows.
Unexpected romance: Ramirez and Nixon’s characters embark on a steamy affair during the show, before exploring a relationship together
Colyar wrote that among other queer people they know, disgruntled viewers were upset after finding the character ‘a hyperbolized, hypercringe representation of nonbinary identity’.
When questioned by Colyar about her own ‘mixed feelings’ about the controversial storyline, they said Nixon responded ‘like a therapist’ and asked ‘do you want to unpack that for me?’
‘Both actors seem to believe the reaction has more to do with a societal discomfort around gender-nonconforming people, rather than a hope coming from actual queer people that we be portrayed as less lame,’ Colyar wrote.
Despite some criticisms, Ramirez said they stand by their character, insisting that it is ‘exciting to have Che be a disruption to the mainstream.
‘We had been experiencing the mass mobilization for anti-racism for George Floyd,’ they added.
‘So being aware of how important disruption is, being aware of how important it is to wake people up from the sleep of their own comfort and privilege, was so important to me that summer.’
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