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For Aaron Sorkin, Ignorance is Bliss

John on December 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

I have to say up front that I consider Sorkin a great writer. After seeing the Social Network, I even tried to let him know, via Twitter, that I thought it was the closest thing to Citizen Kane since Citizen Kane. He’s a brilliant writer.

He’s also a kook. Today in the Huff Post, he takes after Sarah Palin for shooting a caribou:

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.

If filming a hunt is a snuff film, then isn’t all meat murder? No, I know Sorkin used the time-tested screenwriting trick of “inoculating” himself against criticism by announcing in paragraph 4 that he eats meat and wears leather. But I don’t think you can really inoculate against murder, can you? In fact, if Palin made a “snuff film” then couldn’t you argue that willful ignorance of how your own meals are produced is compounding the sin? Which is worse, the snuff film producer or the person who profits from snuff films while pretending not to know where the benefits (food in this case) are coming from?

You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals.

Well, that’s not really true is it. The episode (which I saw) shows her talking repeatedly about filling the freezer with meat. And that’s exactly what she does with the caribou she shot. We literally see her put the meat in the freezer at the end of the episode.

You could say it wasn’t necessary that she kill the caribou since she could have gone to the market and buy meat that someone else butchered. But again, is that really less cruel or does is simply allow one to remain blissfully ignorant? I get the impression that’s the real distinction between Sarah Palin and Aaron Sorkin.

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.

Michael Vick went to prison for dog fighting. He tortured animals for sport. Sarah Palin shot a caribou. One shot. It died almost immediately. She took the meat for her family. The meat she produced herself makes it unnecessary for her to purchase meat produced by some else.

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.

Aaron has a problem with shooting caribou. Shooting people (conservative people we should say) in the face? He’s fine with it. In fact, it’s almost like he finds sport in it. Weird.

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.)

So Palin isn’t a real pioneer woman because she uses make-up and manicures. Okay. I guess that’s one way to look at it. But is it necessary to lie? The location where Palin shot the caribou was reached by small plane. There were three people on the trip plus the cameraman. I’m quite certain a make-up trailer was more than a hundred miles away.

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.

That or maybe Sarah Palin really enjoys hunting with her dad. Nah, let’s go full conspiracy theory!

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.

Because the only end in Sarah Palin’s mind, the only goal of her life is to “hate.” The rest is just details. Yeah, that’s sounds like a better explanation than the one provided by the show, i.e. she grew up hunting with her dad and still enjoys it.

I eat meat, there are leather chairs in my office, Sarah Palin is deranged and The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself.

It’s okay to enjoy the spoils of murder, just not the murder itself. That’s the mark of the civilized mind. I can think of all sorts of other instances where this principle might apply. For instance:

  • It’s okay to burn gas to heat your home in the winter, but to want to drill for natural gas…nuts.
  • It’s okay to buy paper to print out your new script at Office Max, but to enjoy cutting down a tree and making your own paper…insanity.
  • It’s okay to drink rum and tequila, but to enjoy owning your own still…whackjob.
  • It’s okay to buy conflict diamonds, but to want to get into the mud and mine your own? That’s gross.
  • And yes…it’s okay to buy drugs from mass murdering cartels in Central America, but to enjoy growing your own…batshit crazy.

He might feel differently about that last one, but you get the point. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone be quite so proud of their total disconnection from reality.

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