I do not watch The Newsroom. There a reason for that, and that reason is Aaron Sorkin. I do not like him! And sometimes my disgust for a thing on television is enough to keep me from watching it (for example, Mad Men) (the opposite would be Smash, which I couldn’t stop watching despite it being the worst). Anyway, it turns out that my absolute refusal to acknowledge The Newsroom has worked out, as the general consensus is that it’s silly and misogynistic. Surprise, surprise! Aaron Sorkin was like, "I gave you all that character played by Alison Janney, so coooool it, OK?" But one lady won’t stop talking about Aaron Sorkin, and that lady is xojane’s Mandy Stadtmiller.
You see, Stadtmiller, while on staff at the New York Post, went on a few dates with Sorkin. In turn, Sorkin wrote a character on The Newsroom about a terrible gossip columnist. It’s based on Stadtmiller and, boy, she would love for you to know about it!
Have you ever tried to explain the evilness of your job in celebrity gossip trafficking to someone who has been the victim of it?
Yeah, I did that once. On a date with Aaron Sorkin. Then he wrote a character based on it. Who looks just like me. And is an evil gossip trafficker.
Here’s the headline, aggregators (oh, and be sure to put the picture of my face next to Hope Davis; I know, crazy isn’t it?): "FORMER NEW YORK POST WRITER SAYS SHE INSPIRED AARON SORKIN ‘NEWSROOM’ CHARACTER." Hopefully the Internet pickup will eventually "Telephone"-like-game transform it into: "Starfucker says she once gave Oscar winner a notion" because that would be chillingly accurate.
I was the basis for a character — an evil version of me, he said — on Aaron Sorkin’s "Newsroom" after we went on a few dates. You can’t really call them dates even. One time, when I told him that I recognized he was "Fantasy Camp Husband" potential and that I was essentially propelling the chase, he did write, "Well hang on…I’ve asked you out on several actual dates (and happily for me you accepted)."
First of all: sorry, I don’t know how to use Photoshop, so I can’t figure out how to put a picture of Stadtmiller and Hope Davis next to each other. I’m a bad journalist! Also, I couldn’t get through the whole article, because I’m bad at reading things. But let me play terrible blogger for a second and just assume it goes into great detail about the relationship (or whatever) Stadtmiller had with Sorkin, and that Stadtmiller only flippantly recognizes how gross it is to be written about by writing about the dude who wrote about her. So layered! So transparent. Also there are screenshots of emails:
Wouldn’t it be fun to make a cute little Venn diagram showing what happens when the worlds of Hollywood and New York media collide? Of course, the overlapping part in the middle would just be "high school."