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article imageOp-Ed: Aaron Sorkin slams 'Sex and the City' and labeled hypocrite

By Abigail Prendergast     Aug 28, 2012 in Entertainment
"Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin has used the season one finale of the said show to slam "Sex and the City" using character Maggie as a vehicle to do such. The episode aired days after Sorkin's split with SATC actress, Kristin Davis.
Television series creator, Aaron Sorkin, has slammed the long-running hit TV series, Sex and the City, inside the confines of his drama, The Newsroom.
According to Slate, the season finale featured character Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), taking an SATC bus tour in order to see if he can dig deeper into Lisa (his girlfriend's best friend played by Kelen Coleman). Lisa herself joins Jim's significant other, Maggie (Alison Pill) for dinner not too far away from the tour. Upon being bombarded with fans of SATC, Maggie ultimately loses it and screams the following at the tour guide:
"I'm the typical single woman in New York City. I don't wear heels to work because the typical woman's job doesn't exclusively involve gallery openings. And I know Carrie must've made boatloads writing her 800-word column for some newspaper nobody's ever heard of, but I just spent my last seven dollars having a bite with my best friend who, by the way, is not available at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday to console me about some guy because she, too, has a job, and mostly when you fall for a guy and he's going out with your best friend, it doesn't work out, and things get really sad."
Slate credits the line for what it is, but slams Sorkin for missing out on what the whole point of Sex and the City tried to convey; that point being it was meant to be perceived as the ideal New York life, fictitious and not actually coming across as serious.
Sorkin has long been known for weaving what are essentially love fantasies into his shows just like the one he felt the need to criticize they said.
What makes matters even more interesting here is the less-than one-week-old split between Sorkin, 51 and SATC actress Kristin Davis who played Charlotte York in said series. NY Daily News reported the break-up on August 22, quoting a source saying: “They’re very different people. She’s focused on raising her daughter, Gemma, and he’s working on his show.”
The split managed to happen just after The Newsroom got renewed for a second season by HBO.
As for Newsroom itself, CBS reports Sorkin's desire to bring a more realistic world of journalism to the show as he has reportedly hired consultants from every form of media imaginable in order to "shape the arc of the series."
"They're going to bring real experiences that they've had working in a newsroom," Sorkin said. "But real news stories [like the Casey Anthony trial and the death of Osama bin Laden] will return." There is also potential for presidential election coverage.
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