I instantly treat anyone with caution who accuses people of being "superior." Usually it means, "This person tries too hard to be a better person, and I don't feel like putting out the effort."
Morals are a difficult one. Purely because they are a choice. We could go round and round on this one, Miss Hell
, and I could ask for your response to the statement "It is morally right to steal a loaf of bread to feed your hungry children". We could both hold valid but completely opposed views to that. But that isn't what bothers me about that article. It's that it reads to me as if there is a resentment of Sorkin, his work, and the characters he writes. "Oh they're so smart, they're so clever..." I can't help think sometimes that if they were honest, what people want to say is "Oh crap, they are so smart. I wish I could talk like that and be like that. I'm not that clever, or smart, or funny, but I wish I was".
I've sat in a room and been the smartest person there. I've sat in a room and been the dumbest person there. I'm OK with that. But some people do have an inferiority complex. This takes me back to Season 4 of TWW with the debate episode and the intelligence isn't a vice storyline. I get the impression that to some people it most definitely is, and they are quite happy to keep criticising Sorkin for writing smart characters. After several movies, four series of TWW, and a pilot of a new show, I would think you'd have ample opportunity to decide if this is going to be your cup of tea. Why the need to stick the boot in in such a cynical manner? It surprises me as well because I would think that Guardian readers are most likely to watch the show irrespective of what one critic prints.
We all know that these criticisms about intelligence are not new criticisms at all. I read a comment that Sorkin made about it once - the language is way too colourful to post here (plenty of effing and references to the perceived Jewishness of characters) - but since he keeps writing successfully it doesn't really matter if a few critics in the UK don't like it. If this chap wants to watch 30 Rock
and not S60, fine. All I can say is, it's rare that a writer had this many people posting online about their work. Sorkin has got to be doing something right.
Edited by threeinchheels, Aug 16, 2006 @ 9:55 AM.