LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Aaron Sorkin took to an unusual forum to defend his screen treatment of women in “The Social Network” — the comments section of a niche blog.
The screenwriter gave a passionate response to a comment posted about the film on TV comedy writer Ken Levine’s blog. The comment that caught Sorkin’s attention criticized “the lack of a decent portrayal of women” in “The Social Network,” the David Fincher-directed story of the creation of Facebook.
“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 said the portrayal reflects 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 posting by the high-profile writer, which caused “my blog to go viral for the first time ever.”
Sorkin’s representative confirmed that the comment was indeed from the screenwriter.