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  • Seth MacFarlane Responds to Sarah Palin's Response to Important Cartoon Controversy

    Believe it or not, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has responded to Sarah Palin about whatever whatever whatever. To be totally honest, I can't even dredge up the energy to pretend to make like I kind of care about this stupid manufactured Palintroversy or what comes out of MacFarlane's huge hamhock head on a Monday afternoon. Isn't there some piece of tin foil in need of chewing that could be a better use of my time?

    I realize that in this sad and confusing world, everybody needs distractions and make-believe things to care about, but some really are more exhausting than others. And this one is zombifyingly exhausting (which probably actually means something if you think about it long enough).

    To my mind, Gawker's Foster Kamer explained the situation best

    Like clockwork:

    1. Seth MacFarlane makes "controversial" episode of thing meant to entertain with Sarah Palin joke.

    2. Sarah Palin joke elicits Sarah Palin reaction on internet and TV.

    3. Sarah Palin reaction elicits Seth MacFarlane reaction.

    4. Separate reactions of Sarah Palin and Seth McFarlane are yielded by "controversy," producing more "controversy."

    5. More "controversy" yields NYT story.

    6. Family Guy gets press, Sarah Palin gets soapbox, Fox gets viewers for Palin's argument on Fox News and for Family Guy's ratings, worthy cause gets talked about more. Everybody "wins."

    Wake me up when President Palin has Peter Griffin shipped off to Guantanamo Bay for re-education.


    Tags: Andrea Fay Friedman, Family Guy, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin
  • The Smartest Thing Said Thus Far in Sarah Palin's War Against a Word


    Somehow, it makes perfect sense that, in the battle of minds between Sarah Palin and the cartoon show over making fun of people with Down Syndrome, the actual winner actually turned out to be the actual person who actually has actual Down Syndrome

    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.

    Gov. Palin, would you care to respond?


    Tags: Andrea Fay Friedman, Family Guy, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin
  • Sarah Palin and 'Family Guy' Engage in Intellectual Battle Over Mental Handicaps

    So, I suppose we all knew, deep down in our hearts that it would come to this. But we tried to pretend otherwise, didn't we? Oh, we tried our best. We used all our powers of self-delusion to make ourselves believe that we would never be reading about, writing about or talking about this terrible, terrible thing. But here we are now, and we're just going to have to face up to reality.

    Sarah Palin and Family Guy are in the middle of a media brawl.

    This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do on this blog, but please let me explain.

    A few weeks ago, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called a bunch of Democrats "fucking retarded." Unfortunately, Sarah Palin — who, in case you missed it the first million times she mentioned it, has a mentally-disabled child that she did not abort — heard about Emanuel's comment and demanded! that he be fired.

    Then Rush Limbaugh used the word "retarded" about 873 times in two minutes on his show, and Sarah Palin demanded! that that was okay, because when Rush did it, it was "satire."

    Now, the Fox cartoon Family Guy went made a joke about Sarah Palin's Down Syndrome baby Trig, except that they forgot the first rule of "retard jokes" (not to mention the first rule of "jokes"), and forgot to make it funny

    In the episode, a main character, Chris, dates a mentally disabled girl. While never mentioning Palin by name, the girl drew a clear comparison to her son, Trig, when she told Chris, "My dad's an accountant, and my mom's the former governor of Alaska."

    Obviously, Sarah Palin — who apparently has amnesia about her "satire" rule — was quick to claim her share of the daily headlines and respond via Facebook (because that's how serious politicians communicate with the world)

    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"

    I think that Sarah Palin summed it up best when she asked "when is enough, enough?" seconds before dragging another one of her children into the controversy.

    I wish I could answer that question. I truly wish I could.


    Tags: Bristol Palin, Family Guy, Rahm Emanuel, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin