For all the show's erudite moments of chest-thumping righteousness, what about all of those times when President Bartlet talked down to the most senior female member of his administration because she didn’t understand some basic policy issue.Or carpet-bombed her with condescension, like the bombers he so often dispatched did to fictional Islamic countries?
It can be – as it was when I very recently binge-watched the whole lot in about two months – quite a shock to one’s modern feminist sensibilities. Well, there are several, one of which being that even in 1999 it was apparently okay to be colossally misogynist on prime time TV.
Mainly, however, it’s that series auteur Aaron Sorkin has never quite stopped being a big fat sexist, albeit one with a spectacular barber.
Some people might think they are an odd couple, but she likens them to Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.” Oscar and Emmy-winning screenwriter and producer Sorkin, whose works include “A Few Good Men,” “The West Wing” and “The Social Network,” is working on an untitled Steve Jobs project based on the book by Walter Isaacson, and another season of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” He’s known for putting references to his former girlfriends in his shows.
He has dated Kristin Chenoweth, on whom he based his female lead in “Studio 60,” “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis and ballet dancer Jacquelyn Reyes.
It’s one of the classic TV shows – seven straight series of solid leftie wish fulfilment.
A debate around liberal credentials has emerged this week, after emails from its writer and creator Aaron Sorkin were leaked, in which he makes some rather sexist comments about female actors not being as good as their male counterparts. “Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep can play with the boys, but there just aren’t that many tour-de-force roles out there for women.”As The Independent's Rosie Millard wrote in response: "Well, if that is the case, whose fault is that? " And it's true - if is anything to go by, Sorkin has been failing his female characters for a while now.
The ladies are at the event, along with Mark Wahlberg, to promote their upcoming movies for the studio.
The oldest bit of writing advice is, of course, “write what you know.” And with the exception of “The West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin has made a pretty impressive TV career out of writing exactly what he knows: the art of putting on a show.
His series “Sports Night,” “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip,” “The Newsroom” (and, if you really want to go there, “The West Wing”) all involve the writers, producers and shapers who work behind-the-scenes of a production.
He’s always been a deeply personal writer and when his characters clamber up on their (ever-present) soapboxes, you can practically hear Sorkin speaking the grandiose and cock-eyed idealistic words that come tumbling out. I’m a renowned Sorkin apologist and will staunchly defend “The Newsroom” against all-comers.
Last season on “The Newsroom,” one of the chief antagonists was a trashy tabloid columnist based on a woman Sorkin dated briefly.