Family Guy actress responds to Palin

February 19, 2010

I’m gonna have to tread carefully here, because it’s evident that the actress that played Ellen on the episode of Family guy in question has her own anti-Palin agenda and I’m dying to make jokes about mentally handicapped liberals.

Via Newsbusters (among many other sources):

For a refresher, here is the clip that spawned so much controversy

The actress that did the voice over for Ellen, the Down Syndrome Girl on Sunday’s “Family Guy,” has responded to her critics including Sarah and Bristol Palin.

This was the full comment that the actress made:

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in ” Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On”. I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”.

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.

My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.

Did the creators of Family Guy go out of their way to find a Down’s Syndrome actress with an agenda?

Here is the clip of Sarah Palin Reacting to the Family Guy Episode.

Palin also commented further on her facebook with further comments from Bristol:

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin”

– Sarah Palin

I watch Family Guy pretty regularly. I find the show entertaining and about 8/10 of their jokes are funny. But those 2 times in 10 they clearly take things too far and I’d have no problem giving Seth McFarland a swift kick in the junk. This isn’t the first time that they’ve made fun of the mentally handicapped (here and here) nor the first time they made fun of Republicans.

Off the top of my head the episodes I can think of are:

  • When Chris joins Young Republicans
  • When Lois runs for Mayor and adopts Rudy Giuliani’s talking points
  • The Nazi uniform with McCain Palin pin
  • Plus tons of one liners and visual gags about the Republican Party and Fox News

It’s ironic that the Fox Network broadcasts Family Guy and they make so many jokes about the company that writes their checks.

At least we can all relish in the fact that The Cleveland Show sucks.


One comment

  1. […] } This is just sad.  A conservative blogger trying to make sense of the searing burn Andrea Friedman dealt Sarah Palin: My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former […]

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