Sarah Palin Lashes Out at 'Family Guy' Down Syndrome Joke

February 17, 2010 08:35:08 GMT

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee did not like the way Seth MacFarlane lifted the subject of people's disability and turned it into a joke.

Sarah Palin Lashes Out at 'Family Guy' Down Syndrome Joke
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Sarah Palin took the "Family Guy" down syndrome joke seriously. The former Alaskan governor wrote in her Facebook and appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show to explain why some things are not meant to be jokes and to ask "when enough is enough."

On Sunday, February 14, "Family Guy" aired an episode where Chris fell for a girl with down syndrome. During their date, Chris asked her about what her parents do and she replied, "My dad's an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska." Palin happened to be in that position and her youngest son Trig has down syndrome.

In a Facebook posting titled "Fox Hollywood - What a Disappointment", Palin quoted her daughter Bristol's wise words about the situation. "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," Bristol is quoted as saying.

"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."

Neither FOX nor creator of "Family Guy", Seth MacFarlane, has come up with a statement.


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posted by sayitaintso on Feb 18, 2010
Sarah Palin is a joke! If she is so insulted by what was said in this episode, she would demand (as she has with others) that Fox fire those responsible; or at least quit her job with Fox. But she does neither. So why does she want us outraged, when she's not? This woman has sold her soul for a jelly-roll. ;)
posted by Sara on Feb 17, 2010
Wow... can we just stop name calling and deal with the real issues? What the Family Guy writer did was cruel and uncalled for. The show is NOT funny! And, good for anyone including Sarah Palin for saying so!
posted by DEO on Feb 17, 2010
Sarah Palin is the CARTOON.
posted by brara on Feb 17, 2010
shes so annoying come on man no wonder why she failed in goverment
posted by Kenny on Feb 17, 2010
Wow. This is mild compared to some of the things that Family Guy has done. Family Guy is the funniest show ever!
posted by funny on Feb 17, 2010
Family Guy is funny. If they worried about ofending someone they wouldnt have a show. Get a sence of humor.
posted by DEO on Feb 17, 2010
A.P: After eating dinnner at the Olive Garden, Sarah Palin took to Twitter to express outrage and dismay that her waiter didn't bring a second order of garlic breadsticks after she asked. "This is yet more examples of how the liberal media tries to ignore real, hard working Americans, by denying them breadsticks. Clearly Barack Obama's job stimulus has failed. How's my makeup?" The former half-term governor of the 47th least populated state in the union remarked. Her 17 Twitter fans agreed, as well as the 24 attendees at "Teabagger-Palooza," being held in the local Tea Klux Klan hall. Polls showed 98% of Americans no longer cared what Palin had to say about breadsticks. Regardless, the Sunday talkshows booked breadstick manufacturers, Olive Garden employees, people who'd eaten breadsticks and, of course, Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Joe Lieberman on all three networks for commentary on what they're now terming: "Breadstickgate."
posted by smiliesweet02 on Feb 17, 2010
Ok first of all what the writers of family guy wrote/aired was unsensitive to those have Down's Syndrome. However, I would have to agree with Kenny, this is not the worst thing that family guy has ever done on the show. Everything that has been considered crossing the line has already been crossed whether it's about religion, race, or even politics. So, unfortunately either you not watch the show or get over it.
posted by ???Palin??? on Feb 17, 2010
I thought it was very funny. It's even funnier knowing Palin is getting upset. HeHe
posted by tired of it all on Feb 17, 2010
If she's such a "champion" of people with Down Syndrome why aren't we seeing her use her clout to help them? Because Trig is a convenient excuse to make people sorry for her and gets her airtime. This dangerously narcissistic nit-wit has used up her 15 minutes of fame and I pray to whichever god that will listen to make her disappear before she foists any more stupidity upon the world.
posted by Sarah_Palin_Needs_To on Feb 17, 2010
This is a ridiculous and pointless article and Palin is not an expert on Down Syndrome so she should stop acting like it she is an attention whore so no one listen to her .

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