Sarah Palin is no stranger to feuds. In a little more than two years on the national stage, the former Alaska governor has compiled so many beefs that media blogger Tina Dupuy now keeps a running tally on her personal blog (it's now up to 75). And Palin's latest high-profile public duel seems to come right out of central casting -- indeed, it pits the heartland conservative heroine against the most bitter of rivals, a Hollywood screenwriter.
What's more, Palin's latest antagonist is no ordinary screenwriter -- he's Aaron Sorkin, the mind behind the beloved liberal TV drama "The West Wing" and more recently, the cinematic meditation on digital oversharing at Harvard, "The Social Network." Why, Sorkin even used to date liberal New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, for God's sake.
So no one believed that Palin would quietly disregard Sorkin's blistering column over at the Huffington Post taking issue with Palin's TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Sorkin was especially worked up over the show's hunting segments, which feature Palin killing various Alaskan creatures--and are so grisly that they've prompted TLC to attach "Viewer Discretion Advised" warnings to some episodes of the family-themed show.
"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," she wrote. "I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy."
You can watch the scene in which Palin kills the animal below:
Addressing Palin directly, Sorkin wrote:
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. 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 s***heads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.
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.)
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. 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. What a uniter you'd be -- bringing the right together with the far right.
In response to Sorkin's piece, Palin told the AP: "So a left-wing Hollywood producer thinks there is no 'distinction' between harvesting healthy, wild organic protein to feed my family and engaging in dog fighting? I didn't know anyone ate dogs, tanned the hides, and made boots out of them."
In an interview set to air Thursday night on ABC, Palin reportedly discusses the media she enjoys consuming in her free time. We're guessing Aaron Sorkin productions won't be making the cut.
(Photo: Discovery Channel/TLC)