Friday, November 21, 2008

Tone Deafness Writ Large

I had promised myself I wasn't going to post another word about Sarah Palin unless she did something really scary/hilarious/outlandish. Well.

Seriously. You really have to admire a politician who gives a TV interview with turkeys being slaughtered in the background. (A word of warning: that's exactly what's going on in this vid; if you think it might disturb you, it probably will.)

I'm not entirely joking when I say I admire her for this. A lot of hysteria has been raised today over this video vis a vis Palin's insensitivity to the suffering of animals and oh ho ho, she "pardoned" a turkey and then stuck around to see what happened to all the others, etc. But look. If you eat meat, critters die to feed you. More to the point, they get killed to feed you. Either you come to terms with that, or you'd probably better abdicate your spot in the food chain and go veg.

And this is a pretty cool little farm actually, one I'd be pleased to buy a turkey from. You can see that the birds are roaming around inside the coop there and aren't crammed into tiny little cages where they go insane and peck each other to death. And the fact that they get slaughtered on site is a major plus, much better than getting stuffed into a truck for a ride to the meat packing factory. You can read a description of this style of slaughtering in The Omnivore's Dilemma; it's as quick and humane as such a thing can be.

Not that this vid doesn't show a breathtaking, nearly surreal lack of political savvy on Palin's part, of course.

1 comment:

mike said...

She must be the only politician in America who never got the memo about laws and sausages.