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Aaron Sorkin responds to ‘Social Network’ critics

Sorkin_boffo While “The Social Network” continues to top the box office, one of the many water cooler conversations around Sony’s Facebook saga has to do with the pic’s unflattering portrayal of women.

Rebecca Davis O’Brien of the Daily Beast questions the “sexed-up Asians” and “doting groupies” in a recent column, noting that while she’s an admitted fan of the film, “I’m just not sure it’s a movie that defines my generation. Maybe just half of it.”

Well, Aaron Sorkin wants to set the record straight.

Socialnetlogo_boffo In a 657-word comment on writer/producer Ken Levine’s blog, Sorkin writes “you have to understand that that was the very specific world I was writing about.”

“I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people. These aren’t the cuddly nerds we made movies about in the 80’s. 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,” he writes.

“I wish I could go door to door and make this explanation/apology to any woman offended by the things you’ve pointed out but obviously that’s unrealistic so I thought the least I could do was speak directly to you.”

Click here to read Sorkin’s response in full.

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