From the Austin American-Statesman (February 17):
Sarah Palin is lashing out at the portrayal of a character with Down syndrome on the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy.”
In a Facebook posting headlined “Fox Hollywood — What a Disappointment,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and current Fox News contributor said Sunday night’s episode felt like “another kick in the gut.” Palin’s youngest son, Trig, has Down syndrome.
The episode features a character on a date with a girl [Ellen] with Down syndrome. He asks what her parents do. She replies: “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.”
Palin resigned as Alaska governor last summer.
Palin’s oldest daughter, Bristol, also was quoted on her mother’s Facebook page:
“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.”
(Clockwise from top: xChimpyx George W. Bush, Gretchen Carlson, Steve Doocy, Diaper David Vitter, Princess Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and his mucous, Rush Limbaugh)
There’s Princess, whining again. But hold on, kids! From The New York Times:
Since it was shown on Sunday, an episode of the Fox animated comedy “Family Guy” has drawn the repeated condemnation of Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.
One person who supports the “Family Guy” staff is Andrea Fay Friedman, the 39-year-old actor and public speaker who played Ellen in that episode. Like the character, Ms. Friedman also has Down syndrome.
In an e-mail message sent on Thursday to The New York Times, Ms. Friedman wrote:
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.
Ms. Friedman also spoke by phone with ArtsBeat about her “Family Guy” episode and the controversy that followed. These are excerpts from that conversation.
…snip…Q. How were you hired to do this episode of “Family Guy”?A. “Family Guy” talked to my dad first, before I knew about “Family Guy,” because I never watched it. But since I’m watching it, it’s really funny. They told me I was going to be animated, they were going to draw me, and I did not have to know the lines by memory. I just had to read it. It was really funny. I enjoyed it. I had a nice time doing it.Q. Did they specifically tell you that the character you were going to play also had Down syndrome?A. Yeah, they told me I was playing Ellen, who was Miss Bossy. I didn’t want to be bossy, but since they want me to be bossy, I just had to be as the character. I had to be bossy, as part of my process. That’s the only way to transform the real me to an animated person. So I had to do what an actor does. I just wing it and have fun with it.Q. When you get asked to play characters who have Down syndrome, does that make you at all uncomfortable?A. No, I’m proud of it. I’m not embarrassed. But mostly, it doesn’t matter if you have Down syndrome. Really, it just matters to have a different challenge.Q. When did you find out about the reaction that the episode elicited from Sarah Palin and her family?A. [laughs] That I did not even know about until my mom told me, “You’re on Channel 4!” And when I watched on Channel 4, on “Extra,” and I saw Sarah Palin with her son Trig. I’m like, “I’m not Trig. This is my life.” I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.Q. Do you agree with what she and her daughter Bristol were saying, that the character and the jokes were insulting to people with Down syndrome?A. It’s not really an insult. I was doing my role, I’m an actor. I’m entitled to say something. It was really funny. I was laughing at it. I had a nice time doing voiceover. It was my first time doing a voiceover, and I had fun.
This is my favorite:
(Newser) – The actress with Down syndrome at the center of a Family Guy-Sarah Palin feud has slammed the one-time VP candidate for carrying around her son “like a loaf of French bread, looking for sympathy and votes.” Andrea Fay Friedman was the voice of Chris Griffin’s date on an Family Guy episode and evoked Trig Palin when her character says her mother “used to be the governor of Alaska.”
“I thought the line was very funny. I think the word is ‘sarcasm,'” Friedman responded in an email to media outlets. “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 Gov. Palin carries her son Trig around, looking for sympathy and votes.”
Yeah, not even American bread, but an elitist French loaf! What now, Princess Sarah? You gonna say Andrea Fay read her remarks from a teleprompter?
Okay, kids, time to sing! To the tune of Family Guy:
It seems today,
From what I hear,
That Sarah’s made complainin’ her new career
Are you tired of all her phony outrage,
That only teabaggers buy?
And why’s she always winkin’ her eye?
Babblin’ about her views, on Twitter and on Fox News,
Makin’ up her own facts,
On the fly
She makes George Will cry!