Aaron Sorkin defends sexism in 'Social Network'

Writer defends script's treatment towards women

Aaron Sorkin took to an unusual forum to defend his screen treatment towards women in "The Social Network" -- the comments section of a niche blog. The screenwriter gave a passionate response to a comment posted about his film on TV comedy writer Ken Levine's blog. The comment which caught the director's attention criticized "the lack of a decent portrayal of women" in "The Social Network." Sorkin took to the comment page as well to defend his thinking. "I get it. It's not hard to understand how bright women could be appalled by what they saw in the movie," Sorkin wrote. "But you have to understand that that was the very specific world I was writing about." Sorkin instead blamed his subject matter for the portrayal, the early days of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. "I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people," Sorkin wrote. "These aren't the cuddly nerds we made movies about in the 80s. They're very angry that the cheerleader still wants to go out with the quarterback instead of the men (boys) who are running the universe right now." Levine gave "a million thanks" in a later post for the prominent comment-posting which caused "my blog to go viral for the first time ever." Sorkin's rep confirmed that the comment was indeed from Sorkin.
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