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Aaron Sorkin Interview Launches Snarky ‘Hey Internet Girl’ Meme

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Many of us consider Aaron Sorkin to be a brilliant writer, but the Oscar-winning scribe behind ‘The Social Network’ and the new HBO show ‘The Newsroom‘ is certainly known for his infamously snide temper as well. And his latest snippy remark launched an internet meme.

Even though internet denizens lavished praise on ‘The Newsroom,’ it hasn’t seemed to soothe Sorkin’s legendary disdain for online communities and, in particular, web journalists. But during a contentious exchange with a writer from Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper, he seemed to forget that actual newspaper reporters still live and work among us.

The writer in question, Sarah Nicole Pickett, starts her piece by raving about ‘The Newsroom,’ saying, “I had to watch the show twice just to believe (a) how good that script was and (b) how incredibly convinced of its goodness, in every sense of ‘good,’ it was.”

Sorkin, however, didn’t seem to realize he was dealing with an actual admirer of his work, so his quixotic temper got the best of him late in the interview when Pickett questioned him about being an ideologue. And that’s when the meme was born:

“Listen here, internet girl,” he says, getting up. “It wouldn’t kill you to watch a film or pick up a newspaper once in a while.” I’m not sure how he’s forgotten that I am writing for a newspaper … I remind him. I say also, factually, “I have a New York Times subscription and an HBO subscription. Any other advice?”

Nicely played, Sarah.

Sorkin high-fived her for the retort, but that didn’t stop the “internet girl” meme from taking off. One Tumblr user launched ‘Hey Internet Girl,’ a blog in which photos of Sorkin are overlaid with snarky and/or sexist comments that, based on Pickett’s interview, one could imagine tripping from Sorkin’s lips.

Some of us remain staunch Sorkin fans — we just sometimes wish he was as charming in person as so many of his characters seem to be. But then again, to borrow one of his references from ‘The Newsroom,’ maybe that would make him the Jay Leno of writers. And God knows we don’t want that.

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