Determining where to stand regarding Olivia’s Munn’s dig against the female writer on The Newsroom who called out Aaron Sorkin is kind of like dropping a bomb into the death star. It’s a very tiny window of acceptability.
Let’s just lay it out, OK?
So, with that context in mind, here is the minefield: On Watch What Happens Live last night, Olivia Munn was asked about the controversy surrounding the storyline. Munn suggested that the controversy only came about because Alena Smith tweeted confidences from the writers’ room. She then suggested that, if Smith “had something intelligent or supportive to say, she should’ve said that. All she did was talk about her experience on The Newsroom, and if you’re going to open your mouth, you may as well say something actually intelligent.”
The implication here, of course, is that Alena Smith did not say anything of intelligence. That she said dumb things.
Well, well, well, what to think? Where do these remarks fit into the diagram? I want to support Munn! I don’t want to support Sorkin! I want to support Smith, but I don’t want to support her choice of medium! Munn is sticking up for her boss! But she’s also throwing a writer under the bus.
She’s also wrong to think that Alena Smith started the controversy. In fact, Alena Smith was only responding to a controversy that had already begun after the episode aired. So Munn is wrong about that, and didn’t really even speak to the substance of the storyline. She skirted it by shifting blame to a writer who didn’t write the scene; in fact, she opposed the scene.
So … everyone is wrong, and it’s Friday! Who wants ice cream?