God, Aaron Sorkin, I thought you were done making me furious. I say this as someone who, okay, has not yet seen Steve Jobs. From what I understand, I’m not the only one. But I bring this up not to be snarky, but because I don’t know if there’s a reason you mentioned your daughter in the context of your win.
Not that there needs to be. Lots of people talk to or thank their kids in their speeches. But that’s not quite what Aaron Sorkin did. I am so furious that one of the most famous writers in Hollywood, one of the few who is a household name, gets to say things that separate ‘boys and girls’ so overtly, and then gets rewarded for his portrayals. “Don’t forget, honey, everything I do is to impress you, and boys are bad.”
WTF is this? All we saw tonight were ‘boys’. I’m sorry to say that I don’t remember who pointed it out on Twitter, but we didn’t see any women win any awards tonight that were not for acting. So now it’s “Boys are bad” …and they win all the awards. And they get to have all the fun. “Boys are bad…” and I know, because I am a boy, and hey, look at me now! “Boys are bad…” and you’re so good, and not like them, so you can do ‘good’ things, whatever those might be, and we’ll be over here, being ‘bad’. Having all the fun.
It’s fine if you think I’m taking this out of context and over the top. But it’s not just one guy. He’s one of maybe three writers you could call a ‘household name’. When he says something like this across the entire world, his voice is loud enough that it echoes.