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Bravery. Olivia Munn has it.

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Okay, so I'm a bit behind, because I live in a non-US country and have to download these shows (LEGALLY, I SWEAR) and find time to watch them, but I just watched the second-to-most-recent episode of The Newsroom, and I was really struck by one of the subplots in particular and thought I'd share it here.

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The plotline involves economics-show-presenter/socially-awkward-genius Sloan Sabbath, played by Olivia Munn, and a recent massive invasion of her personal life. At some point prior to the start of the episode, Sloan broke up with a boyfriend, and that boyfriend happened to have some...ahem...racy pictures of Sloan, which he posted online (the fake-website name Sorkin came up with was "RevengePorn.com", I shit you not) for the world to see. Because Sloan is a television personality, the pictures went viral and started trending and other social-media-buzzwords, leading to her spending most of the episode almost catatonic with sadness and rage, before mustering the courage to kick her ex-boyfriend straight in the nads.

As I'm sure most of you know, Olivia Munn herself has some experience with...racy...pics making their way onto the internet without her consent, and with this in mind I thought it was incredibly brave of her to agree to a similar storyline for her character, and explore all of the feelings of pain and betrayal and violation and anger that I imagine Munn herself felt. Every scene with her character felt so serious and intense and, well, real. I think she's been great on the show the past season and a half, but in this episode she took it to another level, and the look in her eyes when she's talking about what happened brought me to tears.

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Anyway, I don't know if any other GTers watch the show, but I just wanted to share a woman taking some form of ownership over a gross violation of her privacy that should never have happened in the first place. Olivia Munn, I tip my hat to you!

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