Sarah Palin vs. Family Guy

Isobel - posted on 02/17/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I'm kinda torn on this one... On one hand it is a low blow, but then if you removed all the low blows from family guy there would be no show left.

I also think it's important to note that the girl with down syndrome seems decidedly smarter than the boy who is dating her.

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Erin - posted on 02/17/2010

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If you actually watched that episode, which I did because I love Family Guy, it portrays a DS teenage girl as being any normal typical teenage girl. The only part that had any indictaction of Sarah Palin was when he asked her what her parents did. They never made fun of her son at all. I think Sarah needs to stop letting her panties get in a bunch....It's Family Guy, ever episode offends some group of people.

Lady - posted on 02/17/2010

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I love family guy it insults everyone equally so it's hard for any one group to take offence. It's deffinatley the type of show that if you are easily offended don't watch.

Esther - posted on 02/20/2010

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I think someone else said it best:



"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, Why am I not surprised"
- Andrea Fay Friedman, the actress with Down Syndrome who voiced the fictional character on Family Guy

Jenny - posted on 02/17/2010

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I don't think any topic should be off limits to humour/satire. Palin just had another excuse to get her name in the media and ran with it.

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Krista - posted on 02/21/2010

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Esther, that is absolutely awesome. And I'm guessing that Seth MacFarlane planned the entire thing, because he knew that anything to do with DS would bring Palin out to the podium.

Nicely played, Seth. Nicely played.

Dana - posted on 02/20/2010

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Fuck moving to Canada, I'll be taking my country back. No way am I going to leave it for those losers to ruin it any more than they have.

JL - posted on 02/20/2010

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I told my husband if that nutter for some crazy wacked out impossible reason becomes president that I will be living overseas the whole time. He said he guesses he better make sure he gets an overseas military assignment if that happens.

Sara - posted on 02/20/2010

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Count me in with becoming Canadian if that woman ever has any real federal power. I'm going to start practicing now, eh?

Michelle - posted on 02/20/2010

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Not only that, Joy, but from what I understand, the show wasn't making fun of the girl really, just Palin.

I would also like to say that if Palin even comes CLOSE to becoming the President of the United States at ANY point in my lifetime I will be joining those of you in Canada. I shudder to think of what we would come to if she was anywhere close to that kind of power.

JL - posted on 02/19/2010

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Palin....she is a friggin cartoon character herself. Are people with DS not supposed to be potrayed or take part in any comedic type of movie or television show that has them playing a DS character.



I think it is insulting to someone with DS to argue that there cannot be comedy found in their disablity because we don't want to insult them for being different. The jab in the skit about the girls mother being the Governor of Alaska was obviously a jab at Palin.



THere are comedians with disabilites who make fun of themselves and others with disabilities. Many of them argue that they want to be seen as part of the normal main stream part of society and don't want some preferiental exclusionary treatement.They welcome the comedic jabs because it opens up dialogue and makes people realize they are not beyond the spear of taking part in comedy and they want to be potrayed in normal circumstances.



The Family Guy skit did not take it over the line because they potrayed the girl as being a part of the normal teenage expereince as being confident and intelligent..they did not dumb her down make her look ridiculous, make a statement that people with DS aren't normal, they did not exclude the character and make it all about her being the "disabled" one. They did the opposite.



Here is an interesting article on comedians with disabilities.



http://www.abilities.ca/arts/2007/04/14/...

Dana - posted on 02/18/2010

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Erin, I think the issue is that the girl was made to "look" like she had DS too.

I'm on the fence with this one. For one, I don't watch Family Guy so I have no reference. I do think the girl was portrayed as sassy and and strong. I liked that.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/18/2010

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I agree with Gillian; You can really take offense at family guy because they make fun of everyone! No one is safe :P

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2010

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Jenny-- I agree. It's the whole desensitization thing I was talking about in the thread about using the word "retard."

Krista - posted on 02/17/2010

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She could have used her fame and the spotlight in a really positive way to bring attention to DS and really raise awareness. Instead all she does is use her kid as a publicity prop and as a bludgeon with which to try to make people feel guilty. She's a classic bully who can dish it out but can't take it.

Isobel - posted on 02/17/2010

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I think you're right Sara...especially when she is so wishy washy about it. You can't condemn one group for using the word retard and then excuse another claiming satire... She should spend more time advocating the positives of her child's situation instead of trying to come down on people for being politically incorrect (when she herself is sooooo proud of being politically incorrect)

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I don't think that making fun of DS is ever appropriate. And if I were in Sarah Palin's position, I would be defensive of my son as well. But I wouldn't be so public about it, as she is throwing fuel on the fire by making people more interested in the show. I think it would be more worth her time to advocate for DS in a positive way instead of condeming each and every person that pokes fun at it.

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I'm not a fan of Family Guy but hubby loves it. It's a low blow but like you said, Laura, that show is full of low blows. Are the writers, producers, etc. going to change because Sarah Palin is upset - no, they're going to go right on doing their thing. Her (Sarah Palin) drawing so much public attention to it is probably going to make people just search out the show more so they can see what it's all about.

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