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Aaron Sorkin: “Not everyone’s voices should be equal”

If you took treacle, baked it in an oven, let it sit and then threw it off the top floor of the Empire State building, you’d have an Aaron Sorkin show. For far too many years, people who should have displayed more intelligence than they did, worshiped at the white porcelain feet of the West Wing. Now the West Wing was pretty much what you’d get if you took Law and Order and moved it to the White House, threw in snappy dialogue that was supposed to clever and witty but mostly just jangled and covered over the whole thing with a pretentiously serious air like the Emperor of China going to the bathroom.

Now take all that and try to create a sitcom about a TV show about a sketch comedy series, that was what Aaron Sorkin did with Studio 60. Heaven help us, it’s exactly what he did with Studio 60. Before this Aaron Sorkin had created Sports Night, a show that ABC ads repeatedly told us wasn’t for those interested in sports. Which was good since Sports Night was to sports, roughly what Studio 60 is to comedy. That’s also incidentally what Sports Night was to comedy too. Its only saving grace was that it gave Sliders’ Sabrina Lloyd a job.

Now with Studio 60 tanking and NBC executives lining up behind it like Nixon aides behind Big Dick, Aaron Sorkin began ranting about the LA Times, comedy writers and bloggers who were being mean to His Sorkiness.

“So off he went, noting, not a little angrily, that the LA Times had in the space of four months run three separate articles about his show, all of them stating, re-stating and then re-re-stating the idea that some people on the Internet aren’t fond of “Studio 60.” The most recent story, he continued, also claimed that comedy writers don’t like the show, either. And though it quoted a few members of a local comedy troupe called Employees of the Month, it failed to mention that the show had recently scored two nominations for Writer’s Guild awards. Those are working, professional writers, Sorkin seethed. “And the writers she quoted were all, you’ll notice, unemployed.”

Oh yes, clearly there’s a superiority of those writers willing to prostitute themselves by working under His Sorkiness and trying to insert his bizarre aborted dialogue into the mouth of human beings who wind up sounding like a cast of robots trying to do Seinfeld… to those “unemployed writers” who shouldn’t be allowed in the front door and ideally should be chased away with thrown boots just like in good old Goldwyn’s time.

“This was nonsense,” he went on. “The Los Angeles Times should be ashamed of itself!”Next Sorkin ridiculed the whole idea that bloggers — many of whom come from parts unknown, bearing grudges, perhaps, and not always a reliable sense of who they are and what they’re really after — be taken more seriously in the mainstream media than any random josephine walking down Main Street. “An enormous rise in amateurism,” Sorkin said of the blogosphere. “And everyone’s voice oughtn’t be equal.”

Random Josephine? It’s bad enough to hear things like that from his characters, but it’s scary when he actually inserts his bizarre dialogue in his own mouth or perhaps his nasal cavity already distended from all the drugs.

But yes “everyone’s voices shouldn’t be equal”, instead we must all bow ourselves in the glorious presence of His Sorkiness and be grateful that we are permitted to dwell in a world where a major network is foolish enough to air a project of his without John Wells’ supervision.

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