Sorkin called Palin out for her caribou hunting. Palin had already written, “Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight’s episode.” But Sorkin sees it a different way. “What she did [was] heart-stoppingly disgusting” and tantamount to a “snuff film,” he writes. “You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals.”Aaron Sorkin doesn’t like Sarah Palin. I know, stop the presses! In a wondrous rant on HuffPo today (Please, Aaron, get your own real blog! They’re easy to set up!),
Hey, I’ve heard that one before. On Sports Night.
Season 1, episode 3, “The Hungry and the Hunted,” is about, among other things, Sorkin’s distaste for hunting, and he communicates it through the sweet, nervous Jeremy, who’s sent on an assignment to produce a segment for a hunting show. He has panic attack and is later forced to admit why he didn’t want the assignment in the first place. The video is here, but since it’s not embeddable, I’ll transcribe part of it:
Jeremy: …Later at the hospital, [the hunter/host] was telling me about the nobility and tradition of hunting, and how it related to the Native American Indians, and I nodded, and I said that was interesting, while I was thinking about what a load of crap it was. Hunting was part of Indian culture. It was food and it was clothes and it was shelter They sang and danced and offered prayers to the gods for a successful hunt so that they could survive one more unimaginably brutal winter. The things they had to kill held the highest place of respect for them, and to kill for fun was a sin. And they knew the gods wouldn’t be so generous next time. What we did wasn’t food, and it wasn’t shelter, and it sure wasn’t sports. It was just mean.
Also, not for nothing, but Sorkin’s zinger, “What a uniter you’d be — bringing the right together with the far right” also made an appearance on The West Wing. President Bartlet said it to Governor Ritchie in the debate in “Game On”: “Actually, what you’ve done in Florida is bring the right together with the far right.”
We’ve all read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and we’ve all had to consider its implications, particularly as it pertains to factory farming and the capacity for animals to suffer. It’s tough to argue that the fate of Palin’s slain caribou is necessarily worse than a cow in a Temple Grandin-designed slaughter pen, and even the debate-happy Sorkin seems to dodge that one. His beef — har har — boils down to the fact that Palin actively enjoys hunting, and he thinks that’s disgusting.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is it a coincidence that Sorkin and Maureen Dowd both wrote about this today? Is there a Sports Night or West Wing moment you’d rather see reenter the political discourse? For me, it’s the “I’m not embarrassed my son was gay — my government is” scene from “Take Out the Trash Day.”