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Monday, January 17, 2011

Hollywood's Aaron Sorkin: "elite is not a bad word, it’s an aspirational one"

Hmm. I wonder what Sorkin thinks of the word "pretentious"?

Such political acumen from the writer of such insightful classics as "The American President," "Charlie Wilson's War" and creator of that crackerjack show of Leftist wistful dreams "The West Wing."

"'And I want to thank all the female nominees tonight for helping demonstrate to my young daughter that elite is not a bad word, it’s an aspirational one. Honey, look around, smart girls have more fun, and you’re one of them.'

"Because we all know how grounded and at peace with himself the elitist Aaron Sorkin is.

"Yep, if we were handing out life advice to impressionable young children, you can bet Mr. Sorkin would at the top of the list. No demons or bitterness or mercenary impulses there. Just the kind of sunshine and gumdrop elitism that turns you into the kind of person who, during misogynist rants undoubtedly crafted while wearing elitist eyeglasses that have been conspicuously absent during awards season (self-conscious much?), wishes hunters would accidentally shoot one another.

"Sorkin’s Golden Globes shout out to all those actresses is likely nothing more than a cynical plea to the Academy to forgive a screenplay [The Social Network] many criticized as — like his sexist rants against Palin — anti-woman:

"'Missing from what critics are calling the defining story of our age are female characters who aren’t doting groupies, sexed-up Asians, vengeful sluts, or dumpy, feminist killjoys[.]'

"Sorkin wants that Oscar so bad he can taste it like the cool, round edges of a glass pipe."

And people wonder why Hollywood is losing money and its markets...

But hang in there Hollywood elitist! Truly, you're a legend in your own mind.


  1. All I see from Hollywood shows me that they must have access to better drugs than the rest of us. It would certainly explain their massive disconnect from any semblance of reality.

  2. Drugs? What are you talking about? Britney Spears' and Lohan's flip-outs are caused by eating too much meat-- at least according to PETA.

    Hollywood has isolated itself. I can tell you that through personal experience. Both my wife and I worked in the industry for several years when I was in L.A., and two of my sisters and one of my nieces still work in it.

    Hollywood's beginning to pay the price for their isolation. The box office is down (which doesn't really matter by itself, but the repercussions do) even while money being spent by Americans for all other entertainments has increased (I'm not sure about the foreign markets).

    Hmm. I wonder if this has anything to do with the quality of the product being offered?

    This is why all the big movies coming out this year (with only a few exceptions) are either sequels, remakes, or built around well-known characters and stories (comic book movies for instance). It's the standard mild-panic reaction from Hollywood.