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'Silicon Valley' Confronts a "Darker Side" of Tech Culture (and T.J. Miller's Messy Exit)

'Silicon Valley' Confronts a "Darker Side" of Tech Culture (and T.J. Miller's Messy Exit)

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  • Lots of gossip about Miller, but this was the bigger bombshell to me: the show almost got killed because the pilot wound up being about “two gold-digging women from Los Angeles who head to Silicon Valley in the hope of snagging the next Steve Jobs,” to which HBO responded, “We wanted women, but not like

    Lots of gossip about Miller, but this was the bigger bombshell to me: the show almost got killed because the pilot wound up being about “two gold-digging women from Los Angeles who head to Silicon Valley in the hope of snagging the next Steve Jobs,” to which HBO responded, “We wanted women, but not like that.” The compromise I guess was to have (almost) no women? At least, Mike Judge says, that’s authentic. Great profile.

  • I sympathize both with Amy Schumer’s call for representation and Mike Judge’s point about staying true to the real (bro) world. He claims that they haven’t found a way to address toxic gender culture because they haven’t found the right satirical angle, but then he also seems to claim that the male-led

    I sympathize both with Amy Schumer’s call for representation and Mike Judge’s point about staying true to the real (bro) world. He claims that they haven’t found a way to address toxic gender culture because they haven’t found the right satirical angle, but then he also seems to claim that the male-led show itself sheds light on the problem of gender inequality in the industry, recasting their casting as a kind of structural satirical gesture. I’m not sure that works, nor that the writers are struggling to tackle the #metoo issue. (It’s hard to believe that people with their talent can’t find a way into it. I think they are just especially uneasy trying to be funny about workplace harassment, not having hired women into the workplace.)

  • This article picks TJ Miller apart for unprofessional behavior, but my husband worked on set with him for months and there were never any of these issues. Silicon Valley is meh, so it makes sense that Miller is stepping away to focus on his thriving film career.

  • You can’t be what you can’t see. There could absolutely be women and POC on this show. Miller’s character should be written out due to a sexual harassment scandal. Come on guys, talk about what’s happening now in this industry and check with the ladies of Reductress on how satire from a female POV can be done. Do better.

  • I liked Silicon Valley, but I wandered away between seasons and haven't been tempted back for some reason. I did always like the combo of pathos and chaos, which seem very Mike Judgian to me.

    Maybe they could solve some of the things people are complaining about here by giving the extremely funny Suzanne

    I liked Silicon Valley, but I wandered away between seasons and haven't been tempted back for some reason. I did always like the combo of pathos and chaos, which seem very Mike Judgian to me.

    Maybe they could solve some of the things people are complaining about here by giving the extremely funny Suzanne Cryer more to do. (Google says she's still on the show.) It's weird that she's not even mentioned in this article.

  • How Mike Judge manages to come out looking less sympathetic than T.J. Miller in an article that insinuates Miller is a boorish, unprofessional, substance abuser is a real feat. In the words of my grandmother, I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

  • This show turned me off at the first episode for lack of female characters. I’m tired of the excuses like there were somehow no women doing anything interesting prior to 2016. It’s hard to read this knowing how women have been penalized for tiny infractions when someone can behave like Miller did and

    This show turned me off at the first episode for lack of female characters. I’m tired of the excuses like there were somehow no women doing anything interesting prior to 2016. It’s hard to read this knowing how women have been penalized for tiny infractions when someone can behave like Miller did and be called a genius and hang onto his job for years.

  • I may have had a hand with the Technical jokes on the show. And I definitely think the show is representative of the echo chamber culture that is festering the innovation.

    I watched true healthcare change die in front of my eyes from greedy people. There is a hippocampus of hypocrisy in how we have

    I may have had a hand with the Technical jokes on the show. And I definitely think the show is representative of the echo chamber culture that is festering the innovation.

    I watched true healthcare change die in front of my eyes from greedy people. There is a hippocampus of hypocrisy in how we have let our innovation flourish in this country.