Aaron Sorkin on Sarah Palin, Moose Hunter
Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation.
A scathing Aaron Sorkin (this is the gentlest part):
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.
Rob Beschizza says she’s an obviously faux hunter (and Sorkin noticed, “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”):
Sarah Palin, alleged moose hunter, doesn’t sight in her inappropriately-chosen rifle, can’t load her own shells, and couldn’t hit the side of a bus from inside the bus. Abe Sauer at The Awl: “While Palin’s hunting-for-TV jamboree certainly impressed the hockey moms, it seriously eroded her base of genuine hunters … Palin’s inexperience with guns is in no way more obvious than when she is handed the rifle and she asks, “Does it kick?”
Image Caribou Barbie realized.