Veteran Hollywood TV writer-director-producer Ken Levine got a nice surprise over the weekend via his personal Blogspot page. On Saturday night, October 9th, The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin took time to send over a comment in response to another reader’s concerns about the lack of good female roles in the number one movie at the box office for two weekends running.
“Tarazza – believe me, I get it,” Sorkin begins. “It’s not hard to understand how bright women could be appalled by what they saw in the movie but you have to understand that that was the very specific world I was writing about… Mark [Zuckerberg]‘s blogging that we hear in voiceover as he drinks, hacks, creates Facemash and dreams of the kind of party he’s sure he’s missing, came directly from Mark’s blog…”
“…Facebook was born during a night of incredible misogyny,” he continues later. “The idea of comparing women to farm animals, and then to each other, based on their looks and then publicly ranking them. It was a revenge stunt, aimed first at the woman who’d most recently broke his heart (who should get some kind of medal for not breaking his head) and then at the entire female population of Harvard.”
Sorkin goes on to provide further detail about how he combined two real-life female inspirations into one on-screen character (Christy, played by Brenda Song, pictured above) and took the liberty of wholly inventing others. The film and TV industry veteran’s willingness to share himself so candidly and interactively is just the latest example of the way blogging, tweeting and status updating is changing the rules of the Hollywood PR game.
Reacting to that social media and blog chatter, even when you’re already critically acclaimed and no. 1 at the box office, can be a 24-7, holiday weekend proposition. So kudos to Sorkin for so ably stepping into “Studio 360 on the Typeset Strip.”
(Hat tip to Kate Coe)
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