Diablo Cody Strikes Back
Frankly, we weren't aware that anyone was talking about--much less hating on--Diablo Cody since the hoopla over Juno died down. But apparently there's enough criticism to have riled the former City Pages editor, media sensation, and Oscar winner. The celebrity gossip site Gawker noted that Cody has returned from her "self-imposed exile" from blogging with a long, snappish rant on her MySpace page directed at those "still boring enough to lob insults in my direction."
Curiously, she says the instigation of her diatribe was a July article in Variety that "was mostly about how passionately some people hate me." Yet the article contains only a two-sentence paragraph about the "scorn" directed at Cody--the rest of it is about what she and Juno co-star Ellen Page have been doing lately.
Still, it's a clever, entertaining little screed, and she gets off some Cody-esque knife-twisters. The best part:
I am not Charlie Kaufman or Sofia Coppola (much as I supplicate at their Cannes-weary feet.) ... 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. ...
I'm sorry that while you were shooting your failed opus at Tisch, I was jamming toxic silicon toys up my ass for money. I get why you're bitter. ... I don't deserve to be here. We've established that. But I'm here. Five million 12-year-olds think I'm Buck Henry. Accept it.
(Incidentally, if you were me for one day you'd crumble like fucking Stilton. I am better at this than you. You're not strong enough ... Trust me.)
Cody also says this will be her last word on the subject:
I'm a 30-year-old woman with a dwindling interest in blog culture, and I don't have time to address this bullshit every time one of my projects comes out. I'm in love, I just bought a house, and my boss made E.T. I kind of have to focus on reality.
Cody's next film, Jennifer's Body, is due out next year. We'll see if this is the last word.