Funny Princess Can’t Take a Joke, Because She Is One

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.”

Original poster

(Clockwise from topxChimpyx 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.


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!



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28 responses to “Funny Princess Can’t Take a Joke, Because She Is One

  1. hollywoodmeme

    Great poster, very creative. Here’s something to sink your teeth into: For all who are interested; is giving away free Scott Brown for President bumper stickers (while supplies last).

    • writechic

      Does it have the naked picture on it? If it has the naked picture on it, I’m there.

    • hello hollywoodmeme,

      welcome to the raisin! 😀

      thanks for the link, but i don’t think i’ll be stocking up on scotty brown bumper stickers. they’re too rough to use as toilet paper, right? 😉

  2. writechic

    Great work! I’m ready to turn to the page that Scott Brown doesn’t want me to see. Could he possibly have shown more??? Enquiring minds want to know. 🙂

    Loved the interview with that lovely actress. She cuts right to the chase.

    • you’re not missing anything. turns out, he didn’t need a hand to cover anything, his pinky would have done the job.

      i bet princess won’t have much to say in response to andrea fay, and how much you wanna bet that nobody on faux news will ask her about it.

      • writechic

        Dang. Tiny.

        Princess will probably say something ugly in private…given her track record.

        • uncle rupie must have been congratulating himself at first. princess gets the outrage rolling, and uncle rupie gets free publicity for both faux news and for his fox station. he reaps the rewards from both sides, the morons who listen to faux and the people on the other side who will defend seth macfarlane and family guy. howevah, now that andrea fay has spoken out, uncle rupie’s little paid princess looks like a humorless asshole (which she is). what are they gonna do now? they can’t trash andrea fay, and they can’t distance themselves from princess. maybe they can say that princess was being satirical? 😆

  3. Photoshopping Blech’s face on Stewie is an insult to Stewie. He may be a baby, but he’s not a crybaby. He’s also much more intelligent than Blech.

    Of course, they’re both evil, but at least Stewie does evil right.

  4. Bravo! Four stars! I knew you could do it. The Princess is becoming more irrelevant with each passing day. For example, some where talking about her showing up at Daytona. I tuned into the Saturday race late and watched all the summary, no mention. Watched entire Cup race broadcast, lots of free time with track repair, all post race, no mention at all. Fox Sports is not dogmatic anymore than Animation Domination. When the topic did turn to ladies it was Danica everyone was buzzing about.

    • glad you liked it, jerry! 🙂

      i think princess will have to fly under the radar a bit more, now that andrea fay has bitchslapped her, and bitchslapped her but good. like i said above, faux news can’t protect her too much.

  5. Palin has been a boon to my personal hygiene; her hypocrisy makes me wanna shower twice daily. She picked up so quickly on RushBot’s sly satire, but FG is a total fucking mystery to her. No sense of humor is almost the least of her problems.

    • i bet princess never watched fg in her life. however, i bet bristol is a fan (i don’t buy for a minute that crap about bristol having her panties in a bunch about it), and i bet she thought it was funny.

  6. ‘Evil monkey’…? My goodness, Nonnie, you should stop reading those nasty tabloids, lest a parallel universe of truthiness open up on us all.


  7. How funny FOX sneewzzz has Bill O’Rielly interviewing Palin. O’Rielly playing the straight guy in this comedy team???

    But they even had him play the but what about Rush making retard references (oh my god! give them a shovel- they keep digging themselves deeper & deeper!!!)– it was OK for Rush because he was using it as sarcasm.

    It’s like really bad acting in a low budget sci fi movie.

    Here comes the blood curdling scream!!!

    • it’s really amazing how scripted their “hard-hitting interviews” are. they really need some acting lessons if they want to sound like there’s even a trace of sincerity among them.

      • I have to say it was amusing to read all the comments in the defense of Stewie (or his football likeness) here.

        Even comic characters are held in such high esteem over Beck!!!

        Don’t be insulting the fictional characters, with real life jerks!


        • 😆 i hadn’t considered it from that angle, but you’re right, it’s hilarious! animated and fictional characters are more palatable than the crazies on the right fringe. a couple of people gave me a scolding over converting wonder woman to batshit bachmann, and now this.

  8. Sooner or later, I wonder if anyone’s going to notice that what Palin is pursuing now is what used to be called political correctness. She’s going after jokes she finds offensive.

    In truth, of course, she just wants you to remember that she has a baby with Down Syndrome because she’s a better person than we are and she kept her baby.

    We’ve known she’s thin-skinned, though, ever since the lip stick stupidity from 2008. She compared herself to a pit bull, and then whined and complained over the “lip stick on a pig” comment … in that case, because she didn’t know what the expression means.

    • she’s like the boy who cried wolf, except she cries outrage. even if she had a sincere bone in her body (which i don’t believe she does), nobody with an iq higher than a doorknob would believe her if she did have a sincere moment. she takes umbrage at the most ridiculous petty things, but she has different values for different people. there’s no consistency, so her outrage couldn’t possible be sincere. if she hated the word, retarded, as much as she says she does, she would have been more angry at rushbo, who used retard, which is worse than retarded, than she was at rahm emanuel. instead, she declared him a satirist. it didn’t even matter that rahm said it behind closed doors and never meant it for public consumption. rushbo repeated it over and over and over again on the public airwaves. she doesn’t have a drop of integrity.

      • No one who plans to appeal to right-wingers dares offend the Great Rush. Not that people who are willing to be called dittoheads are mind-numbed or anything, but they all hate people who don’t bow down to Limbaugh.

        Still, you’re right that if she was really upset about such comments, then she’d want even satirists to stop it. In civilized society, one doesn’t see comedians dressing up in blackface anymore, for example.

        Her excuse is stupid, but so are her devotees … so they don’t notice.

  9. PresidentSuit

    I am not one those people who believe that Seth should apologize or that Fox network should ban all future airings of this episode. Seth has a right to make his cartoon show and I support his right even if he does something I find unfunny or offensive. I enjoy my right to, in my small way, satirize his use of a cartoon show to promote a left wing agenda. Part of living in a free society is that you will find yourself offended by something someone says or does or believes. When that happens, it’s a blessing because it reaffirms the rights we have in America. Too many people nowadays are self righteous bores, either being offended themselves or afraid that someone may be offended. When they find an affront to their values or beliefs, they become indignant or angry like characters in some weird modern morality play. Being offended is wonderful! We should learn to revel in being offended and celebrate offensiveness. It is the heart and soul of being an American.

    But leave the kids out of it. Kids deserve better than this.

    • seth shouldn’t apologize, because he did nothing wrong. he didn’t make fun of people with down syndrome. instead, he gave them dignity. the joke was not about trig. it was about his mother. if she wants to remain in the public eye, she should pretend to grow a thicker skin. i say ‘pretend,’ because i don’t for a moment believe that her outrage was anything more than another instance of her faux outrage.