TV and movie scribe Aaron Sorkin is taking aim and firing away at Sarah Palin for last Sunday’s episode of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ in which she hunted a caribou.
Sorkin – best known as the creator of ‘The West Wing’ and, more recently, the screenwriter on the Facebook movie, ‘The Social Network’ – also blogs at HuffingtonPost.com, where he blasted Palin and her cable network. He nicknamed Palin “Cruella,” called her TLC reality series “truly awful” and renamed TLC “the-Now-Hilariously-Titled Learning Channel.”
“Like 95 percent of the people I know, I don’t have a visceral problem eating meat or wearing a belt,” Sorkin wrote, in a blog post addressed directly to Palin. “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 . . . 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 was apparently inspired to write the piece when he got wind of the statement Palin posted Sunday on her Facebook page hours before the hunting episode aired. Anticipating the criticism she was likely to face, she wrote: “Tonight’s hunting episode ‘controversial’? Really? Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation.”
Sorkin called the statement “snotty” and labeled the show “a snuff film.” “You enjoy killing animals,” he wrote accusingly, adding later, “That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain.” (Yes, he wrote “moose,” where earlier in the piece he wrote “caribou”; the change in nomenclature was not explained.)
For her part, Palin has not issued any statements in the aftermath of Sunday’s show, which was the most controversial to date of the four episodes – out of eight – of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ that have aired so far. TLC had no comment on Sorkin’s criticism of the network.
Watch a clip from the episode Sorkin finds offensive:
So who’s right here? Is Sorkin’s criticism fair? Who’s side are you on — Palin’s or Sorkin’s?