- Sex and the City -Che Diaz Isn't Even The Worst Character On 'AJLT,' Let Alone TV
In a world where we are fighting for more queer representation in the media, Che Diaz has somehow been deemed the "worst character on TV" by The Daily Beast, and a lot of the Sex and the City fanbase. The character has their flaws – sure. But to name the only non-binary person of color on the show the "worst" feels unwarranted, especially when the same show has missed the mark in so many other ways.
Actor Sara Ramirez commented on their polarizing character in And Just Like That in a way that rang true of their fictional performance as Che Diaz. Ramirez told The New York Times: "I’m really proud of the representation that we’ve created. We have built a character who is a human being, who is imperfect, who’s complex, who is not here to be liked, who’s not here for anybody’s approval. They’re here to be themselves."
They also explained that in the midst of the backlash – their mental health comes first.
Ramirez went on to show that they're in on the joke and tweeted the most memorable line from the spin-off:
Ramirez and Che don't seem to care if you like them or not, but in the spirit of judging the hell out of the show (everyone's favorite past-time) I could name at least three characters on And Just Like That that are more unlikeable in the first three episodes alone, and I will. But before I do that, I must first address the general reasoning around the distaste for Che and offer a rebuttal.
Che is "too woke"
Che manages to mention in most of their scenes that they are a queer, non-binary, person of color, and the mere existence of their character seems to be an over-correction of SATC's past sins when it came to diversity and inclusion. There's nothing particularly graceful nor realistic about how they discus and lives in their identity.
Rebuttal: Sex and the City, like so many other shows in its time, underrepresented so many marginalized communities that one character can’t possibly be to blame for the show trying to address what they got wrong. If we want to talk about over-correction, we would have to address the fact that the new POC characters don’t get nearly enough airtime; we would also have to address the way Stanford and Anthony’s marriage is treated as a joke. Not to mention the minimal-effort Diwali party Carrie was written into. It seems that Che Diaz has become a target more than anyone else, when really, the whole series, for better or worse, is trying to be more inclusive.
Che is a bad comedian
Although comedy is subjective, viewers seem to hate the raunchiness of the podcast they hired Carrie for, and the "preachy" Netflix special where Che tells the story of their coming out and asks the audience to raise their hand if they've had sex with them.
Rebuttal: The show is a spin-off of Sex and the City! A raunchy podcast is a plaything compared to most of Samantha Jones' lines. As far as the preachiness, why not use a platform on which you'll reach millions to tear down the queer tropes audiences are used to seeing?
Che using Twitter lingo
Instead of simply saying "text me" like most of the communicating population, Che is insistent upon telling Miranda Hobbes to hit them in the DMs.
Rebuttal: Touche. I hated that.
Che is a Fuckthey
Che starts their affair with a married woman the night of their comedy show by shotgunning weed into Miranda's mouth, then later, she infamously fingers Miranda in the kitchen. And, in the most recent episode, they seem to have left Miranda on unread for months before giving her (again) the best sex of her life.
Rebuttal: They aren't the married one???
If the criticism is coming from a queer person who thinks Che is a badly written caricature of what a straight Xinniel thinks being queer is – I see your point and won't argue with that.
But if you're a viewer of the show and you think "Hey it's Che Diaz" are the most haunting words of the series, then hear me out.
Although it seems wokey and preachy, when a queer POC is able to live in their truth and has a chance to educate the people around them – they should be able to do it.
The fact that the loudest voices in the "fuck Che Diaz fan base" are straight and white, just like the main three characters on the series, proves the point of the need for a (similar but better written) Che Diaz-type character on shows with the same demographic.
Now, let's talk about the other characters on And Just Like That who are actually way worse than Che.
Brady Hobbes and Luisa
Leaving cum-filled condoms around his room and ordering flavored lube to his parents' house is enough alone for me to never want to see this teenage demon again. Add in the cringe wall-thumping and the refusal to be "sex-shamed" scenes, they might be the worst couple in SATC history – when they've had less than what? Five minutes of camera time?
Drag me. Between her failure to call 911 when her husband was alive and staring straight at her, to her entitlement with thinking that Natasha owed her ANYTHING, to her utter disgust with Charlotte York (even when it came to a very valid concern with her friends' sobriety) – my sympathy has turned to annoyance.
Oh, the married woman who is having an affair when her nearly deaf husband is trying to have frozen yogurt night? And somehow, Che is getting blamed for her climaxing like a beached whale?
Maybe I'm just delusional and feel free to drag me in the comments but there is absolutely a way to dislike certain qualities of Che but offer more constructive criticism than calling them the worst character on TV in the same universe in which Miranda was willing to let her injured best friend wet the bed just to get one off.
Am I wrong?
Editor's note: This article has been updated from its original version to include Sara Ramirez's interview with the New York Times.