Chris Noth Crosses the Line Calling Carrie Bradshaw a 'Whore'

 

Chris NothChris Noth recently opened up about his role on Sex in the City, clarifying Mr. Big's emotional state and defending his character's actions, while subsequently calling Carrie Bradshaw a 'whore.' Well OK then. Sarah Jessica Parker's character may have had a slew of boyfriends, but that hardly makes her a whore.

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Noth, 59, fielded a variety of questions about Sex and the City while in Australia recently, addressing what's it's like to play such an iconic character.

"In the beginning, Law & Order was the hit, but then when I did Sex and the City, that was a whole other thing. The reaction to that was just overwhelming and shocking, frankly," he admitted. "I don't think I've ever gotten over it; it completely changed my life. When I was younger I resented that -- 'Oh, I've got to destroy that image' -- but people want to see you as they want to see you."

He said a lot of people compare Mr. Big to the role he currently fills on The Good Wife. He plays Julianna Margulies' Alicia Florrick's ambitious, adulterous, yet somehow still likeable estranged husband, Illinois Governor Peter Florrick. But Noth says he doesn't think they're that similar.

"Even with The Good Wife people accuse me of always playing powerful men. But they're flawed. Big was powerful because he had a lot of money and he seemed to have the upper hand in the relationship, but emotionally he was a wreck," he said. "Actually, no: he was what he was. One of the things I tell people is that he never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn't."

"He was always honest about himself -- he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn't work, and he went on to get married while she went on to -- how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore!" he teased. "There's a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that's not the case -- she was a strong, smart woman."

OK, I get that he's teasing and throwing the term out to try an be funny, but it just speaks so much to the double standard when it comes to the gender wars and what it means when you sleep around.

A guy who has multiple sexual conquests is a player, a stud, a ladies man even, but when a girl has multiple notches in her bedpost, she's a whore. I don't even want to pretend like this is OK. He did add the bit on there about Carrie being a strong, smart women, but it was almost an afterthought, like it's unusual for strong, smart women to be whorish and sleep around.

Personally, I'm not a proponent of having multiple sexual partners just because you can, regardless of gender, but you'll have to put a sock in my mouth before I stop defending women's rights when it comes to making your own sexual choices. It is beyond unfair that we get called whores for doing the exact same thing that earns men locker room congratulations.

Hearing celebrities toss that term around like it's nothing is unsettling, demeaning, and derogatory, and it needs to stop.

Do you think it's OK to call a woman a whore for having multiple sexual conquests?

 

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