Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
The latest episode of Inside Amy Schumer includes an incredible parody of a faux Aaron Sorkin television series The Foodroom.
In the latest drama from Aaron Sorkin, the manager of a fast food restaurant defends his old-school ways against the increasing pressure to offer healthy options.
The Good Wife/Sports Night star Josh Charles plays J.J. MacAhoy, a patriotic fast-food restaurant manager. Amy Schumer plays a fast-food employee who has a realization that echos a common complaint about Sorkin’s The Newsroom. Watch Aaron Sorkin’s The Foodroom television parody embedded after the jump.
Aaron Sorkin’s The Foodroom
Here is Aaron Sorkin’s The Foodroom television parody from Inside Amy Schumer:
Among the many Sorkin-isms tackled in this parody is the accusations of sexism. Maureen Ryan and Jace Lacob have a good discussion about The Newsroom’s problems with women characters in an 2012 article from the Huffington Post:
One of the bigger problems with “The Newsroom” (and it has a few) is that so many scenes involve men setting women straight, men supervising women, a man teaching a woman how to use email (and the woman getting it spectacularly wrong regardless), a hapless woman seesawing between two different men, etc. It’s not that I can buy Will McAvoy, Jeff Daniels’s lead character, as a fully realized human being, but it’s pretty clear that the show thinks he is right, admirable, or brave most, if not all, of the time. We’re supposed to believe that MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) covered conflicts in the Middle East and won multiple awards for her work, yet she doesn’t understand how email works? She can’t get through a meeting without knocking over a poster? But one of the most troubling things is the way she’s used to prop up Will’s martyr complex: She cheated on him, and yet she clearly still adores him, despite the way he repeatedly berates her. She is the Woman Who Done the Man Wrong yet can’t quit him. (Really?) He’s clearly our hero, and she’s capable on occasion, but as ditzy and needy as the show needs her to be whenever it suits Sorkin.
Aaron Sorkin’s treatment of women characters in The Newsroom has been debated and written about on multiple blogs, notably on The Slate and Vulture. Whatever side you fall on, if you’ve seen a lot of Sorkin’s television work, you will likely find Schumer’s parody hilarious.