Aaron Sorkin Responds to Sarah Palin's Hunting Episode
On her facebook page, she took the offensive by saying, “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. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)”
Yes, Sarah Palin uses smiley faces.
Well, Aaron Sorkin, mastermind behind “The West Wing”, disagrees. In an op-ed on The Huffington Post, Sorkin isn’t shy about sharing his disgust with Palin’s love of hunting. He then proceeds to tell us why he’s not a hypocrite for eating meat and wearing leather.
“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.”
Sorkin’s argument is that while he may use animals for food, clothing, etc. he does not take pleasure in their demise. Sorkin goes on to say, “You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun.”
Palin does seem to enjoy the “killing it” herself part of hunting. Whether she’s shooting a caribou or enabling others to hunt wolves from planes, she’s never been on the side of the animal.
Personally, I’d love to see Aaron Sorkin extend his compassion a little further and question how he contributes to animal cruelty by eating meat and wearing skins. Heck, even C.J. Craig decided to pardon both turkeys after she got to know them on the Thanksgiving episode of “The West Wing”. Maybe someone should bring Mr. Sorkin to Farm Sanctuary to inspire him? If he feels so passionately about sport hunting, perhaps he’s a vegetarian in the making…
Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.