Jesus, this is getting really tiresome now. Paul Carr responds to us (rather, at us).
Anyway, as much as we love Aaron Sorkin and his work, the man's got a thin skin for someone who puts his stuff out for public consumption, as do JA (well, "work" is a loose term) and even Paul Carr. Sorkin wrote the scene Paul "sites" [we will only use this Mary Rambin-approved spelling from now on] in response to mostly constructive criticism he received about The West Wing on sites like Television Without Pity. The dialogue is snappy and amusing, to be sure (when is Sorkin not?), but it was also basically an easy way to dismiss anyone who expresses a dissenting opinion online. A giant "Fuck You," if you will. Draw the parallels as you wish.
Anyway, Paul says that he saw Julia's panel live, so he is a better judge of her performance than we could ever be (though we saw the whole thing, from start to finish, through the video link DLD provided--but maybe we missed the magic fairy dust that didn't appear on camera?). Paul, seriously, you're damaging your own credibility now.
Then he says, quoting us:
Also, we’re sick of people who use this excuse: “having read the vile abuse aimed at Sarah and Julia and countless other women who dare to showcase their abilities online…”
Um, no. We have nothing against women who showcase their abilities online. We are women. We like smart women who can do smart things on the Internet. Julia is not one of them. Jesus. We’re so tired of this bullshit.
Quel motherfucking irony. These weird lunatic Lemon-Lyman-Nurse-Ratched-Parliament-Chain-Smoking-Harpies attack Julia and Friends for damaging the image of women online. And yet, by doing so in such a pathetically catty way, all they achieve is the reinforcement of that hideous stereotype that the worst, most bitchy critics of successful women in the public eye are other women.
Ooh, you got us, Paul! No response about how JAB and company haven't done anything innovative or intelligent all the while saying that's exactly what they're doing. And we don't think Julia and Friends are attacking the image of women online. There are plenty of awesome, smart women online who counteract their presence. We're just calling out their bullshit [like when Mary Rambin likens Botox to abortion]. And yeah, we think cheap shots against their weight and looks are uncalled for. We agree with you. We're not interested in doing that, though some people who comment here are. (We're not the comment or thought police, though.) But ain't nothing wrong with mocking their actions with a little bit of snark. And if you watched them with a little bit of objectivity, you'd realize that pretty much everything they do (that they share online) is ridiculous. And mockable.