Wednesday, September 18, 2013


From Big Hollywood, an OUTRAGE:
Writers are taught to avoid cliches in their art, but Oscar-nominated scribe Aaron Sorkin simply can't help himself.
Mmmmmmmm, the sweet smell of cliché avoidance.
Sorkin's HBO drama The Newsroom packs plenty of overt, and obvious, anti-conservative cliches in an average episode. Sunday's season finale stuffed as many as Sorkin and his writing team could rally, proving he cares more about scoring political points than crafting solid stories.
Solid stories can't use clichés? Yet Indisputably Good Things like complaining about liberals complaining about conservatives RELY on clichés. It is a piddle wrapped in a hysteria inside an angina.
The sense of projection is stunning. So, too, is Sorkin's inability to separate his rage for conservatives from his duties on his very own show.
I have never seen this show, and likely will never see this show. But it seems to me that, two seasons in, maybe Sorkin has developed a sense of duty that, in some perversion of the universal law that being mean to conservatives is wrong, delivers him large bags of money.

Oh dear, I seem to have left the headline to this item for last:


fish said...

It really is remarkable how poorly they understand their own free market rhetoric.

Substance McGravitas said...

And why does Sorkin's duty stop at being nice to conservatives? Why can't he be nice to EVERYONE and make shows in which Itchy and Scratchy share lemonade?

M. Bouffant said...

Just from a show bidness ("Bidness, you hear? Not a charity!!") perspective, clichés are clichés because they're true; the audience are often cornballs who want to see that cliché played out.

The lemonade's really piss, right?

Substance McGravitas said...


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It is a piddle wrapped in a hysteria inside an angina.

Well played, Monsieur McGravitas!