Friday, November 21, 2008

The shocking Sarah Palin turkey story

The folks over at Huffington Post are shocked, shocked I tell you, that Sarah Palin would be interviewed while turkeys are slaughtered in the background.

Here is the story:

Some videos you just have to see to believe. On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving. This proved to be a slightly absurd but ultimately unremarkable event. But what came next was positively surreal. After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!!

Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Be warned, it's kind of gruesome.

They just can't believe it. It is "positively surreal". Huffington even has to put "slaughtered" in all caps. They have to use two exclamation points to make their point. It is "gruesome." OK, watch if for yourself.

I am really not grossed out. I am not shocked.

I did not grow up on a farm, but we had a couple acres and raised chickens and pigs. I never witnessed the slaughter of the pigs, but saw the dead carcasses after they had been killed and cleaned. I have eaten the sausage and bacon and ham of the pigs I fed every morning and enjoyed it. I have caught chickens and cut their heads off for my mom to cook for dinner. My classmates were farm kids and raised calves for their 4-H project. They fed them and groomed them and showed them at the county fair where they were sold at action to become meat.

I never went hunting myself; my dad was not a hunter. But, I grew up with people who regularly went hunting. The seasons of the year were rabbit season, and deer season, and dove season.

I think that Sarah Palin can give an interview in front of a man going about the business of killing turkeys and think nothing about it, is an indication of a cultural divide. I doubt people in Alaska think it is that unusual that animals are killed for food. It is probably something they take for granted. I doubt Sarah Palin has been socialized to be squeamish about it or be sensitive to the squeamishness of others. The fact that animals are killed for food is not something so strange for her or for many of us who grew up in rural areas. I know that fewer and fewer people have a connection to the food they eat, but guess what: that meat in the supermarket wrapped in cellophane and Styrofoam was once an animal. Shocking to discover, I know. I have known for a long time were meat comes from.

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  1. Let's be 100% honest. She HAS TO KNOW BETTER. There is no way she could not understand that she should not do an interview directly in front of turkeys having their heads cut off and not be clowned in the world wide media. If anything she needs to be extra careful after a campaign where she was the single biggest reason McCain lost the election.

    Political Disgust

  2. Oh, for heaven's sake! Unless you are a vegetarian, you have no room to criticize her! They're turkeys! Didn't the Pilgrims eat meat? Truth be told, I wish she hadn't pardoned the bird; I wish she had chopped its head off herself. Then the media would really have something "horrific" to scream about!

  3. I think it's more funny than anything. I'm sure the vegans are disgusted and dismayed, but most of the pundits and the practicers of stagecraft that is politics just know that is not a good look if you have aspirations for higher offices.

  4. While I do think it was a bad move on her part, knowing that pretty much everything she does will get picked up by the national media now, I don't really think it's that big of a deal.

    Alaskans seem to deal with this type of thing much more realistically than the lower 48. they know where their food comes from and are not bothered by it. I think it just proves how sensitive we in the lower 48 are. But probably something Sarah should have known better than to do.