[quote="Marie5890, post:5, topic:187287"]
"Family Guy" actress, who really does have Downs Syndrome, response to Palin's lashing out.
(Andrea's full statement is as follows)
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.
Family Guy creators are pathetic, hiding behind a human shield.....
Also the fact that this actress wrote this,
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.
If she wrote that, that's sad. makes me question the credibility of such a response...because that line was borrowed from a Joy Behar comment, so I wonder if she was fed some lines.
It's sick. NYTimes, this is just an attempt to exploit the goading and baiting of Sarah Palin in the public forum,
It's a sad world when a mother defending her youngest child is seen as a sign of weakness and a moment to "cast" her in a bad light.
Also the whole premise of this actress with Down Syndrome is false and wrong. It's no different than offended someone with all disrespect and then when that cruel person (the FG makers) are taken aback they're at a loss of words...because they were guilty, rather than apologize, they huff and puff "hey, can't you take a joke??"
I also think the whole "my family taught me to laugh" is disingenuous.
The "my mother is former Governor of Alaska" isn't a humorous joke. It's just a snide remark stemming from that writers table "hey guys the elephant in the room is Down Syndrome" " Palin and her kid, becomes a Punchline in the third act. Let's hop to it"
This is just obfuscation, denial, sending out the actress they called in to read lines, to be used as "hey she has downs, so it's not offensive! " the fact that they're not sorry, and they're trying to bait her some more with this "letter to the NYTimes to print" is pathetic.
It's no different than a jewish person like Sasha Baron Cohen using Borat or show makers calling in the 'black guy' to insulate themselves from making racial/ethnic slurs..
Seth MacFarlane and his ilk are vile. Politics is the be-all-end all for those type of people.
Anyway, the media is stupid. "Lashes out", when the reality is: *Family Guy Crosses Line With Petty Cheap Joke: An episode of family guy writes a whole episode around a one-liner "joke" which references two year old son for having Down Syndrome for no reason other than to get a rise out of a politician they disagree with politically. After possibly feeling guilty about the debacle, two days later they ask the actress with Downs who was asked to read lines in an episode that wasn't funny but was lame, to validate their coarse behavior " *
If there was innocuous humor in the episode, playing the "overreacting " card might have merit. But it didn't have any humor:
And though her pretty face may seem a special person's wettest dream. ...]
You must impress that ultra-boomin', all consumin', poorly-groomin', Down Syndrome girl. ...]
You want to take that little wh*** and spin her on the dancing floor. ...]
My boy between the two of us we'll get her on the shorty bus and then you're gonna take it on a whirl.
The whole episode was offensive filler centered around a jab at Sarah Palin and her kid.