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Industry Reader Told Female Screenwriter Her Script Could Be “Decent Porn”


The Academy, you know, the ones behind that award that Leo DiCaprio can’t seem to get, runs a fellowship program for aspiring screenwriters. Rachel Koller, one of those said screenwriters, wrote a script for a movie titled The Big D, which was described as a raunchy female buddy comedy movie working around divorce (hence The Big D, get it). When she sent in her script, it made it all the way to the quarterfinals, and she even received notes back from the industry reader who judged the piece.

Cue the gross comments. According to Mashable, Koller said one of the notes she received read:

With some judicious alterations, it might make a decent porn picture, as the gals do seem kinda hot, at least on the page.


Yeah, thanks anonymous reader. Koller took the notes to the fellowship’s Facebook account, sharing the note and informing others of the gross comment. At first, whoever admins the account tried to play off the comment as a “joke… which didn’t work.” Uh-huh. Sure. I’ll say it didn’t work. They even tried to reference her title, which, granted, does serve as a double entendre. But that doesn’t excuse this comment.

After some time, the Academy fellowship apologized via Facebook.

To Rachel Koller and all other writers:We offer our heartfelt apologies for the offensive comment written by one of…

Posted by Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting on Monday, August 24, 2015

Honestly, this is just symptomatic of how Hollywood views women in general. But the apology is progress… I guess?

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