The Only Two Golden Globes Speeches You Need To Hear

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Let's start with the simple—but powerful—speech from Chris Coolfer, who took home a best supporting actor award for his role on Glee and, in the process, made a lot of folks teary.

And then there's Aaron Sorkin, who seemed to be giving a subtle (or not-so-subtle) response to criticism of the way he wrote (or, well, didn't write) the female characters in The Social Network.

Okay, so technically Sorkin's not addressing specific issues. It's kind of a non-response that still seems pretty...response-y. And it's certainly interesting that he took the opportunity to get all rah-rah for the ladies. So we'll take it. But was it satisfactory?


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Okay... everyone who found The Social Network "inaccurate" or sexist really needs to watch the film again and pay attention to the ending.


The film makes it clear that it is not an accurate retelling of events. We're talking about a series of events that are highly contentious, with multiple lawsuits and multiple versions. The film explores some of the mythology around facebook and it's most famous contributors, that's it. It pretty much explicitly states "we can't know what actually happened or how it was motivated." As such it's a fascinating exploration, if that kind of thing interests you (I'm seeing plenty of "that movie sucked. It sucked so bad I didn't even bother to watch it" comments, and to that I can only say "so why the hell do you expect anyone to listen to your opinion of it then?")

The women in the film are seen through the mythology, and even then we have women like Erica (Zuckerberg's girlfriend in the beginning) who are depicted as intelligent and capable. Zuckerberg's revenge (facemash), as it's rumoured, is depicted as childish and offensive. We do see other women who are involved in programming and the company (in the background, as we see most of the programmers), but the people we're following are Zuckerberg, Saverin, Parker, and to a lesser degree the Winklevosses, AKA the people involved in massive lawsuits over facebook, and it's most mythologized contributors.

Really, there are so many actual sexist things out there that merit discussion and critique. This film is not one of them, and I find it difficult to believe that anyone who really watched the film didn't understand the filters it was presenting.

Oh, and as others have pointed out, Sorkin's "elite" comment seems more likely about Palin et al's rhetoric.