Aaron Sorkin’s Comments on Palin
The following is my response to Aaron Sorkin’s comments on Sarah Palin’s show about Alaska. I am writing this post because I feel enough is enough, when it comes to blatant, mean and vindictive remarks about the Palins. No, I would not vote for her (at least as of now, for President). I am just really tired of seeing so many people willing to deliberately hurt someone just to get their name in print. I wrote my comments first, Sorkin’s article is posted after mine.
Aaron Sorkin is a fabulous writer. West Wing was a hit, but I think his comments about Sarah Palin were not only uncalled for, but also showed just what kind of a hypocrite he is. He rips Palin apart for showing her hunting prowess on her TV show about Alaska. I would imagine that there are a lot of women in Alaska that know how to hunt. Sorkin even mentioned the fact that during a close up of Palin’s hands he noticed that she had had a manicure. Evidently he doesn’t know that she has been out on book tour. I think his criticism of her is not only immature but is certainly beneath a man of his stature. The fact that Ms. Palin evidently has a different Political point-of-view than Sorkin was the real basis for his condescending remarks.
As far as trying to criticize her for showing joy at killing a Caribou (which she and her family do eat) I have not yet seen a man who after hunting down his prey, and killing it, has not jumped up and down for joy. In fact, most men will recount their hunt minute by minute to anyone who will listen and the story of his hunting prowess will be repeated for years to come. It will start with how he spotted that elk, deer, or bear as he sat there in the bush, and how he held his breath, as he slid across the snow and approached the animal so as not to scare the animal off. Then he will continue on how he brought his rifle up to his shoulder, ever so slowly and took aim, trying not to touch the branch on the tree he was leaning against, so it wouldn’t break, and make a cracking noise which would certainly scare his prey into running off.
He will continue on how it only took one shot to the animal’s head and how it gracefully dropped to the ground. It was a 9-point antelope and none of his hunting buddies caught anything that weekend, but him. Then it was a night of celebration as he and his hunting buddies all went into the small one bar town where he and other hunters repeatedly traded stories, with great embellishment, on how they shot their prey. Of course he traded names and phone numbers of the closet taxidermist so he could hang the stuffed antelope head with all it’s antlers, on his den wall when he got home.
Of course this story will be repeated for years to come as all visitors to his home will be subjected to the tale of how he shot that deer, yes, that one, as he points to the deer head on the wall. He continues his tale about how he over took this wild animal in the woods as it ran straight for him, ready to attack, how it was him or this wild deer and that he had no choice, but to save himself by shooting the deer.
So, just what the hell is Sorkins point? There isn’t one.
Here is Sorkins remark on Huffington Post.
I eat meat, chicken and fish, have shoes and furniture made of leather, and PETA is not ever going to put me on the cover of their brochure and for these reasons Palin thinks it’s hypocritical of me to find what she did heart-stoppingly disgusting. I don’t think it is, and here’s why.
Like 95% of the people I know, I don’t have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don’t relish the idea of torturing animals. I don’t enjoy the fact that they’re dead and I certainly don’t want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn’t do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart.
I’m able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing. I’m able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.
So I don’t think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl. (I’m in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God’s country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.)
And you didn’t just do it for fun and you didn’t just do it for money. That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain. You knew there’d be a protest from PETA and you knew that would be an opportunity to hate on some people, you witless bully. What a uniter you’d be — bringing the right together with the far right.
(Let me be the first to say that I abused cocaine and was arrested for it in April 2001. I want to be the first to say it so that when Palin’s Army of Arrogant Assholes, bereft of any reasonable rebuttal, write it all over the internet tomorrow they will at best be the second.)
I eat meat, there are leather chairs in my office, Sarah Palin is deranged and The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself.