Aaron Sorkin Just Learned Hollywood Has a Diversity Problem and Twitter is Roasting Him
At the Writers Guild Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aaron Sorkin revealed that he didn’t know that Hollywood has a diversity problem. According to Variety, he asked his audience “Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?”
Sorkin continued to try to learn more throughout his talk before eventually asking, “What can I do [to help]?”
Hollywood’s diversity problem is, of course, widely recognized and is often reported on. People are pretty surprised that Sorkin isn’t aware of it, and have been roasting him on Twitter for it:
— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) March 26, 2017
Yes, Aaron Sorkin. That is literally exactly what we are saying. pic.twitter.com/s3a1yis9dK
— Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) March 26, 2017
I thought this was a joke headline oh my God it’s serious https://t.co/QlIgkpbGf4
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) March 27, 2017
“What can I do to help?” – Aaron Sorkin, re: diversity
“What can I do to help?” – me, after someone else finishes cleaning up after a party
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) March 27, 2017
Aaron Sorkin, at the end of a meal at a restaurant, “Are you saying that you expect me to give you money for this food you handed to me?” pic.twitter.com/4UVCLUVUM3
— maura quint (@behindyourback) March 27, 2017
The odd thing about Aaron Sorkin is over the years he’s learned to read reviews to internalize negative words, but not actual criticism.
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) March 27, 2017
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) March 27, 2017
Can’t wait for POC & trans actors to play Aaron Sorkin characters & prove we’re not so different: we ALL reference ’30s screwball comedies.
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) March 27, 2017
years of being told that the greatest female characters are written by Aaron Sorkin, David E. Kelley and Woody Allen radicalized me long ago
— Molly Lambert (@mollylambert) March 27, 2017
Aaron Sorkin story could very reasonably run on The Onion
— Lydia Ogwang (@lydiaohh) March 26, 2017
— April (@ReignOfApril) March 26, 2017
Me when Aaron Sorkin starts talking about how he’s baffled by Hollywood’s diversity problem: pic.twitter.com/Wh4zmK3nmi
— Desi (@DesiJed) March 26, 2017
Aaron Sorkin. I love him as a writer. But… as a commentator on diversity issues in Hollywood? Not so much.
— justanotherfilmnerd (@Anotherfilmnerd) March 26, 2017
Women & minorities have a harder time in Hollywood than white men.
Aaron Sorkin: pic.twitter.com/6ak4QxejTR
— Brittany N. Williams (@BrittanyActs) March 26, 2017
who here is surprised that Aaron Sorkin is surprised https://t.co/fG5gM6z23Z
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) March 26, 2017
Aaron Sorkin: Wait, it’s harder to be a minority in Hollywood? Educate me.
*every audience hand goes up*#WGFestival
— Coreena Boothroyd (@caboothroyd) March 25, 2017
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