…Nor did I meet her at the now infamous hangout, which I won’t mention here, or people will start asking me to give tours.
I am tired of people asking though.
Coworker: “Hey Conrad, I hear Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay for Juno at [undisclosed location near my house]! That’s right near your house, right?”
Me: Sigh. “Yeah.”
Coworker: “Did you ever see her?”
Me: “Oh, all the time.”
Me: “Yeah, at The Skyway Lounge…”
What bothers me is that people aren’t able to separate “Diablo Cody, The Screenwriter” from “Diablo Cody, The Former Stripper From Minnesota Who Hung Out At [undisclosed location near my house]”.
It’s like people are having a hard time realizing that any talent could come from Minnesota. It’s like saying she’s from Atlantis or something. She’s originally from Chicago anyways, not that it matters. I hope for her sake that she’s able to break away from her own history, and the rest of the world can realize that there are talented people in every state, in every occupation. I suppose this *would* be news to Hollywood.
I also can’t help but to think that the media coverage of Diablo Cody is designed to get a bunch of Would-Be Screenwriters down to Hollywood to flush out all those Whining Screenwriters who dared to go on strike. Nothing against Diablo Cody, she’s talented and deserves credit, but it does seem strange, the timing of it.
It’s like Hollywood saying, “Who needs You! We can pick a Former Stripper From….(looks at map of U.S.)… Minnesota who can writer better than you! So there!”
For the record; if Minneapolis becomes the new Hollywood, I’m moving to Atlantis.