Why Che Diaz from ‘And Just Like That’ is TV’s most hated character


Forget the Samantha Jones drama — the chatter round “Sex and the City” reboot “And Just Like That” is all about how Che Diaz is the worst. 

Played by “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Sara Ramirez, Che is a brand new addition to the “SATC” world. A queer nonbinary podcaster and comic who works with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Che Diaz has struck up a romantic dalliance with Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

Miranda, whose marriage to Steve Brady (David Eigenberg) is feeling stale, is charmed by Diaz’s freewheeling perspective and assured swagger.

But audiences aren’t so besotted.

Austin, Texas, primarily based author Atif Riaz, 32, advised The Post that he’s watched the present each week along with his mates. Their main takeaway? “All of us had something to say about how annoying Che Diaz is in it.”

He stated the issue is that Che feels extra like a caricature than an actual individual. “From using the ‘Woke Moment’ button on their godawful podcast to using online lingo in verbal conversations, Che seems like they are a manifestation of an overzealous conservative who thinks nonbinary people are a particularly irritating Twitter account come to life,” he stated.

Sara Ramirez and Bobby Lee sit in a sound booth smiling.
Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz and Bobby Lee as Jackie Nee on “And Just Like That.”
Craig Blankenhorn

Twitter is inclined to agree.

Antonio C., 21, a university pupil in Cologne Germany, tweeted earlier this month: “che diaz single-handedly set back non-binary representation 70 years.”

Antonio, who declined to offer his final title, advised The Post, “Basically all scenes involving Che have this underlying atmosphere of discomfort. For some reason, even Miranda doesn’t seem to know how to act when Che is around. It’s very tip-toey, not wanting to offend them. I find that harmful to the entire LGBTQ+ community who just wants people to normalize what’s going on. Non-binary people are not walking snowflakes.”

For Mackenzie Oravec, 23, a San Antonio-based inventive assistant for a cinematographer, Che is uncomfortable to look at on display screen as a result of they don’t really feel actual.

“The writers tailor Che not for queer audiences but for women in their 50s who still can’t wrap their heads around they/them pronouns,” she advised The Post. “They’re not a character, but a prop.”

She stated Che’s stand-up routine, in episode 3, was notably painful to look at. “The entire routine felt like an AI generated monologue for a queer person.”

Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez) stands on a stage in "And Just Like That"
Che Diaz (Sara Ramirez) does arise comedy, however some viewers say their jokes fall flat.
Photograph by Craig Blankenhorn

“And Just Like That…” now streaming on HBOMax, premiered with a bang on Dec. 9, with main character Big (Chris Noth) dying of a coronary heart assault. There’s been no scarcity of scandal trailing the present — Big’s dying after taking a Peloton class prompted the model’s inventory to drop because it scrambled to get better; sexual assault allegations have emerged towards Noth — however for viewers, one on-screen second was the cringiest of all of them. 

In Episode 5, “Tragically Hip,” Miranda is serving to Carrie following a hip surgical procedure, when Che visits, ringing the buzzer and proclaiming, “Hey, it’s Che Diaz.” Che and Miranda then have an intimate encounter within the kitchen – leaving a recovering Carrie to battle when she wants assist utilizing the toilet. 

Ryan Bailey, 42, LA primarily based host of the podcast, “So Bad It’s Good With Ryan Bailey,” stated he was horrified.

“What did I just see?” he stated of the hot-and-heavy sequence. “To have somebody [get intimate with] a character that we grew up with, in front of Carrie … is just so extreme,” he stated. “And that’s Carrie’s boss! There’s so many lines that are being crossed. It’s wild.”

“It’s Che Diaz” has now spiraled right into a meme, with many viewers on social media joking that it appears like a menace.

Viewer Katt Alexander, 32, a documentary researcher primarily based in Sydney, Australia, stated they’re disillusioned with Che as a character — partially as a result of it looks like they had been set as much as fail. “There are so many different possible ways to modernize the ‘SATC’ characters, but leaving that all up to essentially one character, comes across as bafflingly lazy.”

Sara Ramirez, Ivan Hernandez, Bobby Lee, and Sarah Jessica Parker sit around a table on "And Just Like That."
Sara Ramirez, Ivan Hernandez, Bobby Lee and Sarah Jessica Parker on “And Just Like That.”
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Troy McConnell, 27, a Washington, DC-based author and self-proclaimed Sara Ramirez fan, is hoping that Che’s arc will get righted within the remaining 4 episodes.

“Hopefully over time, Che will settle a bit as a character,” he stated. “The inclusion of a nonbinary character is wonderful … tossing a non-binary podcasting comedian straight into the mix is really on the nose, in a way that I find a bit silly, but also charming.”

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