Aaron Sorkin Berates Sarah Palin for Killing Caribou
When the critically acclaimed screenwriter for “The Social Network” feels the urge to lambast a certain former Vice Presidential candidate he turns to celebrities favorite medium: The Huffington Post.
The Huffington Post is a weird convoluted universe crammed with gossip, divorce announcements and sometimes a sprinkling of news. Nevertheless, HuffPo’s ultimate purpose is to serve as an Internet version of Cheers, where celebrities can stop by, have a couple beers and rant about whatever is on their minds.
After the most recent episode of The Learning Channel’s “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the former Governer posted the following Facebook status as a preemptive justification for hunting and killing a local Alaskan Caribou during the show.
“Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation.”
At 2:26 a.m. this morning, superstar screenwriter Aaron Sorkin channeled his talents for quick, biting dialogue into loquaciously condemning the shit out of Sarah Palin. I’m not suggesting that Mr. Sorkin was drinking last night, but his hilariously toned, quasi-profanity laced rant deserves some recognition from the academy.
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. 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. 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.
Sorkin continues to liken Palin to Cruella Deville (noted puppy killer from Disney’s “101 Dalmations”), chastise The Learning Channel and ridicule all right-wing conservatives. He also was quick to remind his detractors and PETA members that he’s no saint, mentioning his former addiction to cocaine and his penchant for meat and leather chairs.
The abrupt, yet fun pace of Sorkin’s rant is also a nicely timed reminder for The Motion Picture Academy as to recognize his work on “The Social Network” with a statue this February.
Granted some “celebrity bloggers” don’t really deserve this open invitation to pontificate on the Internet’s largest blog. I’m fairly certain no one wants to hear Dan Rather complain about CBS forcing him to cease and desist reading from a teleprompter or Russel Simmons write about religion.
But Aaron Sorkin just set the new standard HuffPo bloggers, step your game out Bob Sagat.