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Aaron Sorkin's Debut Film Looks To Be a Sexist Mess

Aaron Sorkin
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This isn't the first time that The West Wing creator has shown a questionable understanding of gender equality.  

One filmmaker seems to have just discovered that women can do things. They can read! They can write! They can run the country's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for rich and powerful men!

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That's the earth-shattering premise behind Molly's Game, which also happens to be the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin--the same Aaaron Sorkin who created the critically acclaimed series, The West Wing, and the less-acclaimed series, The Newsroom.

The teaser for the film just came out and, if you're wondering how heavily it relies on the "women can do things" trope, look no further than the slow burn lead in to the word "woman:"


Gender disparity is wild, right? The full trailer is set to come out tomorrow but, in the meantime, let's remember some of Sorkin's greatest sexist hits.

He once said that while Cate Blanchett gave a "terrific performance" in Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine, it was still "nothing close to the degree of difficulty for any of the five Best Actor nominees."

He's filledThe West Wing with scenes that are shockingly sexist, including a scene where Sam Seaborn tells a highly qualified blonde lawyer that she "could make a good dog break his leash."

He has kicked a female writer named Alena Smith out of the writing room on The Newsroom because she objected to an egregious scene about campus rape that features a man telling a crying, teen rape victim that she should worry more about false accusations affecting young men's future careers than she should about justice for survivors.

Who knows, maybe we'll get proven wrong this time and Sorkin will display a genuine regard for women through a well-rounded female character? We'll find out when the film drops on November 22nd. In the meantime, check out the teaser, below.

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