Sorkin’s hatred of bloggers, blogs, websites, forums, and pretty much anything printed on any material other than paper that isn’t a manifesto devoted to his radiant brilliance has manifested in both his work and interviews plenty of times before.
But this particular exchange—with The Globe and Mail‘s Sarah Nicole Prickett—was an astounding display of glib, misogynistic, and slightly sociopathic jackassery, especially on behalf of a guy who could probably use the benefit of the doubt as far as People Who Write On The Internet go. Given that, you know, his last television project failed, and also, given that they keep uncovering the various ways he’s recycled his own material over the years (from teleplays to commencement speeches), he could probably afford himself the benefit of the doubt.
And yet, this happened:
“Listen here, Internet girl,” he says, getting up. “It wouldn’t kill you to watch a film or pick up a newspaper once in a while.” I’m not sure how he’s forgotten that I am writing for a newspaper; looking over the publicist’s shoulder, I see that every reporter is from a print publication (do not see: Drew Magary). I remind him. I say also, factually, “I have a New York Times subscription and an HBO subscription. Any other advice?” He looks surprised, then high-fives me. Being not a person who high-fives or generally makes physical contact with interview subjects, I look more surprised.
“I’m sick of girls who don’t know how to high-five,” he says. He makes me try to do it “properly,” six times. He also makes me laugh; I’m nervous, and it’s so absurd. He loves it. He says, “Let me manhandle you.” Then he ambles off, hoping I’ll write something nice, as though he has never known how the news works, how many stories can be true.
Inevitably, The Internet which he so loathes has natrually taken this moment and run with it. Meet Aaron Sorkin’s least favorite Tumblr, Hey Internet Girl.
And so on. (Naturally, the entire site has already been copied onto a Buzzfeed post we won’t link to, but if whole-hog copy-and-paste from them doesn’t certify a meme on some level, what does?)
Aaron Sorkin may finally now realize that you reap what you sow, especially in the Age of Viral Content. Or he’s just going to let this aggression build up and release it in the form of more long-winded speeches by The Most Heroic Fictional News Anchor Ever, Will McAvoy, or even worse, deify the blogger-hating Steve Jobs in his screenplay about the Apple founder’s life.
We’d put the safe money on the latter of the two options.
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