FYR: Aaron Sorkin apologizes for “Network’s” woman problem… sort of.

Last week I posted a review of “The Social Network” where the writer called out Aaron Sorkin for writing a blatantly sexist movie (See: “The Social Network” has a Woman problem). Entertainment Weekly wasn’t the only outlet crying fowl. Today, New York Magazine printed a response by Sorkin.
Aaron Sorkin Would Like to Go Door-to-Door Apologizing for The Social Network’s Woman Problem

Scene from "The Social Network." Are these the flip-flops of a sexist?

He apologizes, kind of. He basically says “Yeah, it’s sexist, but it’s how these things happened.” To quote him, he says, “More generally, I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people.”

Which takes me back to my original question. If he was merely being the messenger, depicting the story through Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes, thoughts and blogs… what does this say about Mark Zuckerberg? Was he truly surrounding himself with half-witted, vengeful and crazy women, or is that merely how he saw them?


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2 Responses to FYR: Aaron Sorkin apologizes for “Network’s” woman problem… sort of.

  1. K says:

    As a GIGANTIC Aaron Sorkin fan, I pin this on Zuckerberg. Sorkin wrote the women of West Wing to be powerful, brilliant, witty and beautiful at the same time. And we plan on seeing this movie solely because of Sorkin and his genius.

  2. elissasblog says:

    Apparently, Sorkin is pinning it on Zuckerberg too. It’s obvious that he didn’t want to hide it. I mean, he couldn’t include a woman in the story because no women were involved in the creation of Facebook. That’s fine. But rather than leaving them out entirely, he chose to portray them in this light. It’s no wonder Zuckerberg has been trying to tell everyone that the story is fiction. Yes, sexist, power-hungry, selfish, yet entrepreneurial-genius fiction.

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