Sean Parker calls The Social Network "a complete work of fiction"

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Early Facebook backer Sean Parker, on stage at European conference DLD, just gave perhaps his most comprehensive reaction to The Social Network movie yet, calling it “a complete work of fiction.”

During the end of the movie his character, payed by actor Justin Timberlake, is at a party where drugs are being taken and various beautiful models are wondering around.

“I kind’ve wish my life were that cool,” said Parker.

“But I’m a geek from Silicon Valley and there are no Victoria Secret models in Silicon Valley,” he said. In fact, this would be so unusual that “If you walked down the street in San Francisco with a model, there would be people there laying down at your feet” (presumably he meant out of respect).

But Parker added “The most part which was most frustrating for me was were the character played by Justin Timberlake who just happens to have my name, writes a cheque to Eduardo – who I remain in contact with – and throws it at his face, and has him thrown out of the building. This guy in the movie is just morally reprehensible.”

Clearly, Parker smarts at the movie but his interview on stage at DLD shows that he remains relatively relaxed about his portrayal, mainly because the Timberlake characterisation bears no relation to reality.

It looks like Sarah Lacy was right.

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  • Scott Buscemi

    “payed by actor Justin Timberlake” played!

  • Scott Buscemi

    “payed by actor Justin Timberlake” played!

    • Anonymous

      And it isn’t even a long article to have written! Would have taken 20 seconds to proofread.

      • Tom

        I am not sure why brings this up every time. Anybody who has read TC for more than 6 months would realize there is exactly 0 editorial effort going into it.

  • Rgnkjnva

    Learn to write. Spell/grammar check are your friends.

    • opiapr

      How much do you get paid as a Grammar Troll?

    • techPrime

      why r u behaving like a teacher?

    • Required my ass

      Is it really that difficult to write out ‘Spell and grammar checks’?

      If you’re going to be a grammar troll, at least try to make an attempt to use the language properly yourself.

    • Required my ass

      Is it really that difficult to write out ‘Spell and grammar checks’?

      If you’re going to be a grammar troll, at least try to make an attempt to use the language properly yourself.

    • Anonymous

      For real!

  • Lee McIntosh

    either way, i bet he didn’t expand on why he’s no longer a big part of FB.. ?

  • Lunacy

    “A complete work of fiction…”

    ‘Sorta like Facebook’s present second-market “$50 billion+” valuation.

    • Anonymous

      Found this on VentureBeat. Sounds true ?

      It all started when DAVID was logged in to the Harvard website, where I was listening in to the conversations of the Harvard students. One of these students was Mark Zuckerberg who was talking about Face Smash and he had just broken up with his girlfriend at the time, so I struck up a conversation with this Mark Zuckerberg. He was talking about creating a dating site. I thought this was a bit odd – a pie in the sky idea since he had just broken up with his girlfriend and he was slagging her off – calling her a bitch and a whore.
      dave talked to Mark about the idea, and suggested he call it Face Mash. He was intrigued with my suggestion and thought it was a good idea. Mark wanted to call it Face Smash, because he wanted to smash his ex in the face. I convinced him that Face Mash was a good idea and he agreed, but one week later he changed his mind and wanted to call it Face Smash. When I queried him about this he replied ‘f…. off you c…- I’m calling it Face Smash’. Two weeks after this conversation he came up with the name Mashable and when I asked him why he chose the word Mashable instead of Face Mash he said ‘f,…off you bastard, Face mash is not your idea’. So I re-posted the conversations we had two weeks earlier and he had to apologise and said he was going with Mashable. I took this as a sign that he wanted to throw me off the scent and take the site for himself. dave found the character of Mark Zuckerberg to be deceptive and dishonest and ended conversing with Mark Zuckerberg because of his dishonesty and lack of integrity

      After this dave started conversing with Dustin and Chris about an idea of mine called Facebook for an online service where students can post pictures and information on themselves and use it as a directory. They were very intrigued by my idea and wanted to know more.
      dave told them that in the beginning, it would be an online service just for Harvard students, and then spreading through the other campuses in America, joining them up together. The idea was to make it easy for people to connect with other university students so they could get an idea of what other campuses were like, and even eventually spreading through the general public, giving them an idea of what was offered at the different campuses.
      Dustin and Chris were very intrigued with my idea and said they wanted to be on board.
      dave talked extensively about my ideas of Facebook and went into great detail of how to get it set up and started. They queried about the finance of setting it up and I told them I was in contact with Tony Robbins, who was interested by the idea and we were having discussions regarding his financial backing of the project

      So we needed a platform dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in discussion about a platform for my idea the facebook
      but zuckerberg was dustin & chris roommate and zuckerberg made contact to paul ceglia to steal the idea facebook
      paul ceglia had no legal right to sell the the platform to mark zuckerberg but zuckerberg new what he was doing when he sign the contract
      (paul ceglia had no legal right to sell the the platform to mark zuckerberg } the contract was to David not zuckerberg .

      And what are you going to do zuckerberg when paul ceglia wins you can call the contract a fake a counterfeit but you cant can you zuckerberg Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum sucker in 2003 i david posted a copy of to friend and he set it fee and the roomer spread years a go that zuckerberg had sign the contract and yes the abc news room have a copy of the email

      So zuckerberg what are your options zuck i suppose you can tell the truth you see paul cegia had no legal right to sell you the platform
      david was in contact to paul about a platform suitable for facebook but you wonted to steal facebook by stealth and you will have to tell
      your mother and farther and sisters how you stole the idea facebook yes pay back is a bitch zuck and your co conspire in this was dustin
      yes dustin you told zuck to shut up about facebook you little prick

      dave then found another contact at Harvard, called Eduardo Saverin and invited him to join me in developing my idea, and also to find out what was going on between Dustin, Chris and Mark . eduardo offered finance to get facebook up and runing but zuckerberg spent the money on him self selfish prick zuck spent eduardo saverin money and spat in his face your best friend

      So ass one last effort to save facbook david contacted sean parker At the time, he was running an online site called Napstar, and he was also working on another site called Wired Hog parker at the time was on the move moving in to a new address : I started conversing with
      sean parker about the idea facebook ; so i contacted the guys and gave them the new address of sean parker; and it was at this time zuckerberg was starting to argue with eduardo saverin: you see zuck had what he needed to steal facebook :{sean parker}

      Sean wanted 55% ownership of the project for his input so dave told him this was unacceptable and then he turned round and told Mark Zuckerberg had made him a better offer. dave told him that Mark did not own the idea of Facebook.
      He then got smart and asked me if dave knew what emails were and whether I could produce any evidence. dave took this as an attempt to see whether I could prove everything that took place and for him to use this as a weapon to see if he could gouge out as much interest in Facebook as he could, and he tried to play me off against Zuckerberg to get the maximum holdings of Facebook. I received an email from Parker saying that Zuckerberg had offered him 5% and was I interested in offering him more. At this point, I told him to **** off and that Facebook was not Zuckerberg’s idea

      So dave found a site at Harvard called Harvard Connect (later, in 2004 changed to Harvard Connect To You) run by Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss, and dave explained everything about Facebook and the dealings with Zuckerberg, Dustin and Chris and how dave believed that Zuckerberg was in the process of stealing david idea, and I dave asked if the Winklevosses were interested in running Facebook on the Harvard site

      They expressed enthusiasm in the offer and liked the idea of running the site as they liked the concept of Facebook.They told me that they were going to change their site name and redesign it at that time (to Harvard Connect To You The person they called in to help them
      redesign their site was Mark Zuckerberg who then stole their platform : I told them that zuckerberg was a crook the winklevoss where to dumb and dupe by zuckerberg LooooooooL.
      And what do the winklevoss remind me off; its two building and the two buildings were the TWIN TOWERS you guys talk about the truth like you own the truth but you do not and never will .

      dave then went to Aaron Greenspan who was running house systems at Harvard and asked him (under an email non disclosure agreement) to run Facebook on his site which he agreed to do. aaron greenspan used the (info) to extort financal money out of facebook and zuckerberg paid the extortion money and dave call it extortion U see zuckerberg new aaron greenspan new zuck had stolen the idea facebook .I sent all the emails copy to aaron greenspan:{ aaron sold him self off like a hooker standing on a street corner } and what was that quotation aaron that quotation you set me about honour and truth you now the same bullshit the winklevoss are bullshiting on about

      zuckerberg then went on to create a FAKE CONNECT 2U account filled with FAKE information from the stolen platform he stole from the winklevoss Dave got a email from this FAKE CONNECT 2U account . but dave new it was FAKE it was zuckerberg .
      zuckerber wonted more info and idea to steal so dave gave one idea and it was to put a silver layer around the F word on facebook to see if zuckerberg was going to steal this idea and yes he did

      david then log a complaint to the FBI about this stolen fake connect 2u account with fake information and about mark zuckerberg
      dave posted a copy of the emails to ben mezrick and to david kirkpatrick as for kirkpatrick your book is a joke and so are you :
      you are just a fence jumper david kirkpatrick and its chris that is the gay one you dick ‘you sold yourself out you were given the full story of how zuckerberg stole facebook; and sold out.

      the winklevoss contacted sumers at UV about zuckerberg but summers new the full story of how zuckerberg stole facebook and it was david idea ?
      there was coup organized by divyn narendra to over frow zuck from the idea FB but was a failure the winklevoss were to dumb yes dumb & dumber

      david kirkpatrick & ben mezrick were givin copes of the emails in and around 2004 and can confirm the story above

      david kirkpatrick was given all the emails and was made fully aware of how zuckerberg stole facebook from david in the beginning i gave kirkpatrick 80% of the emails kirkpatrick then ask if there was more ‘ yes there is more but ask kirkpatrick that he must reveal the truth the other 20% was email from paul ceglia to me dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in discussion about a platform for my idea the facebook
      as for kirkpatrick you are a prick

      in a email to eduardo i told him to get a lawyer zuckerberg was going to screw him over and told him to contact ben mezrick
      eduardo told me he had a lawyer he can trust but zuckerberg and the lawyer screwed him over

      So there we have it the full story of how facebook started:

      kirkpatrick falls victim to the bane of many business historians infatuation with the subject and the money


      Tony Merchant may be contacted at 306-359-7777 . Jason Zushman can be contacted at 204-896-7777 .

      david made contact to merchant law merchant law contact lisa simmson & mark zuckerberg there are some interesting emails if you contact jason zushman you can get the email from him i left instruction to give the emails to every one ask for them this was done years a go

      dave posted a copy of the emails to ben mezrick and to david kirkpatrick

      MARK ZUCKERBERG give away money NO he is throwing it away in a THOUGHTLESS way with no indicative direction
      zuckerberg its not the money that motivates you and its not facebook its the thief of facebook you STOLE the name facebook you STOLE the idea and the CONCEPT facebook and it is this that motivates you THIS is you zuckerberg concealing the TRUTH and you are following a psychological profile of a THIEF this is you MARK ZUCKERBERG and sitting next to bush is not going to help you
      one bull shitter sitting next to a bull shitter FB the great american DREAM steal one idea and one platform you think you can buy credibility and you call this a democracy and you give one idea and you call this a CHOICE my god piss of and take a leak.

      • Barry G. Maurice


      • Anonymous

        wouldn’t just the url to the website of sufficed ;)

      • Anonymous


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  • Agagu Tosin

    well, i also think the social network is also a fiction actually, but atleast there will be an element of truth in it actually. Too much beefs towards mark zuckerberg, the movie is anti mark, thats just it. it should have portrayed the history and drive for the innovation that has now changed the world and the internet and also social network. i see facebook as a system, more like a complex system like an OS but not in dat view. Good innovation and i see myself in the nearest future bringing out the next big thing

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  • Ulrik Hvide

    Look at his shoes, he is clearly the person portrayed by Justin Timberlake.

  • Me

    proof read proof read proof read

    • Required my ass

      Did you mean: proofread?

  • Me

    proof read proof read proof read

  • Tien V Nguyen

    Well IRL he did get arrested for having a party and there being cocaine involved, funny he shoul omit that part.

  • Anonymous

    “played by” not “payed by”
    “Eduardo” not “Edwardo”
    “kind of” not “kind’ve”

    I try not be pedantic about proofreading, but this is a bit much for such a short post.

    • Anonymous

      Try harder not to be pedantic, you can do it

  • Foobar

    Just look at his shoes/boots in the picture above. There is no f’ing way he’s clean.

  • Larrington

    “It looks like Sarah Lacey was right”
    Highly doubtful, that would be a first.

  • Joe

    Is that really the stage? It looks like they are sitting next to a swimming pool.

    • geoff

      kudos. that did make me laugh.

  • Evan

    It seems Mike really “Butchered” this article.

  • Jarby McGroo

    Does anyone with half a brain really think that this (decent) film was a documentary, not a piece of fiction, based loosely on real events?

    No, so stop explaining it to us.

  • Thomas Beck

    “wandering” and “kind of”. which is quite ironic, because Americans usually write “should of” instead of “should have”, and now you’re even doing it the other way round. so of is now officially have and vice versa.

    • Anonymous

      this is speech-recognitioned article!

  • Two Phu

    Facebook’s first president, former Napster cofounder Sean Parker, was pushed out of the company in 2005 at the insistence of Facebook VC Jim Breyer after a cocaine-related arrest in North Carolina.

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    It’s like Aviator or Titanic. The Social Network is BASED on facts and it is not supposed to tell someones story in details. Every random person can realize that.

  • Paulo Siqueira

    What is about Paulo Coelho in the picture. Something is missing here!!

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  • Amit kumar

    interesting ..yes in Geeks life hardly any girls,I wondered how he manages all girls

    • Tom

      I though that was the Mosspuppet.

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