It’s not always easy being a former stripper turned Oscar-winning screenwriter… just ask Diablo Cody. After the runaway success of Juno last year, the backlash eventually set in, with Cody being forced to shoulder the majority of it. Some would say she’s leading a fairy tale life these days, (and recently, she went on a five-day tour of some theme parks with a group of “rollercoaster enthusiasts”) but when she returned, she decided to finally address some of the insults that have been hurled in her direction. Apparently it was this article in Variety that finally set her off.
Here is an excerpt from the latest post on her MySpace blog:
“I am not Charlie Kaufman or Sofia Coppola (much as I supplicate at their Cannes-weary feet.) I’m not Paul Thomas Anderson. I’m not even Paul W.S. Anderson. I am middle-class trash from the Midwest. I’m a competent nonfiction writer, an admittedly green screenwriter, and a product of Hollywood, USA. I am “Diablo Cody” and if you’re not a fan, go rent Prospero’s Books again and leave me the fuck alone.
I may have won 19 awards that you don’t feel I earned, but it’s neither original nor relevant to slag on Juno. Really. And you’re not some bold, singular voice of dissent, You are exactly like everyone else in your zeitgeisty-demo-lifestyle pod. You are even like me. (I, too, loved Arrested Development! Aren’t we a pretty pair of cultural mavericks? Hey, let’s go bitch about how Black Kids are overrated!)
Listen: I’ve been telling stories my whole life. Even when I was a phone sex operator, I was the Mark Twain of extemporaneous jerk-off fiction. I took every perspiring creep on a fucking journey. I don’t know how to do anything else.
I’m going to make more movies and shows. I doubt they’ll all be good, but that’s the nature of this life. Even though the public only knows me from one book, one movie, and several aborted blogs, I’ve spent the last few years hustling like Iceberg Slim out here to prove myself professionally. The people I currently work for, and with, are more than pleased with my post-Juno output. My pilot was so good (thanks, Toni Colette!) that it got picked up for series. That is rare, children. That is blue-rare.
In summation: you try it.”
I do think that she’s being unfairly criticized in a lot of cases, especially since she’s only really done one movie so far. Her next projects (Jennifer’s Body and The United States of Tara) are going to have to be twice as good to slip by the naysayers unscathed. That said… this is probably one of those situations where she should have just kept her thoughts to herself. A rant like this is only encouraging more backlash. Are you a Diablo Cody hater? If so, why?