Sarah Jessica Parker Defends “Brilliant” Cynthia Nixon from Her Critics

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TV shows are temporary, but gal pals are forever (well, mostly). Sarah Jessica Parker has been a vocal, if bemused supporter of Cynthia Nixon’s run for governor of New York, and on a recent episode of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop podcast, Parker had a message for Nixon’s critics.

“You don’t have to agree with her policy, you don’t have to vote for her, but certainly take the time before you criticize the fact that she’s boldly pursuing this,” Parker said of Nixon’s gubernatorial run. “She knew that when she did it, it was going to be a challenge but it’s been good, everyone agrees that she’s been good for the conversation in this city, they call it the ‘Cynthia Effect.’” Among other things, Nixon has positioned herself as a strong proponent of repairing the New York City subway system, a public-transportation crisis that causes headaches for commuters nearly every week, and of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), calling the department a “terrorist organization.”

Though Nixon has never held a political office, Parker called her “brilliant,” “formidable,” and “willing to learn,”adding that she was tired of people criticizing her friend and former co-star, and expressing some frustration—“even women that call themselves evolved,” she said, have asked her why Nixon is running; presumably, Parker feels the reasons are obvious. She finished by saying that she knows Nixon has “a point of view about the city where she was born and raised, just like anybody else who might run for public office.”

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