'Family Guy' Actress With Down Syndrome Says: Sarah Palin Has 'No Sense Of Humor!' What Do YOU Think?

Fri, February 19, 2010 3:21pm EST by 16 Comments


The voice actress thinks Sarah needs to lighten up! Who do YOU agree with?

Sarah Palin made a big stink earlier this week about the Feb. 14 Family Guy episode that featured a character with Down syndrome. In the episode, the character says her mom is the former governor of Alaska — clearly a reference to Sarah’s son Trig, who also has Down syndrome. Now the voice actress, 39-year-old Andrea Fay Friedman, is speaking out in support of the episode! “I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor,” Andrea writes in an e-mail to the New York Times. “I thought the line … 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.”

The New York Times didn’t publish that last line about Sarah using her son to garner “sympathy and votes,” but it was picked up and reported by Palingates, a blog devoted to all things Sarah.

Earlier this week, Sarah published a Facebook note, responding to the Family Guy episode. Quoting her daughter, Bristol Palin, Sarah wrote: “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.” (Click here to read the full statement.)

So the question is: Whose side are you on? Do you agree with Sarah, the mother of a child with Down syndrome, or Andrea, someone who has lived with the chromosomal disorder for nearly 40 years?

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Posted at 9:00 PM on December 12, 2011  

Thankfully some bloggers can write. My thanks for this piece…

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Posted at 1:16 AM on November 16, 2011  

That was very instructional post…

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Posted at 8:52 PM on October 27, 2011  

Might be your greatest article on the web..

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Posted at 5:35 AM on October 10, 2011  

I believe you are right completely

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Erin S

Posted at 7:45 PM on April 7, 2011  

People are acting like Sarah Palin is the ONLY person Family Guy offends. Family Guy makes fun of EVERYONE. Every race, every sexual orientation, every religion and A LOT of celebrities or people of political importance. So I think Palin needs to just brush it off like a lot of other people do.

I personally think Family Guy is hilarious, because they are equal opportunity offenders. lol. they don’t discriminate. And why would Palin care? It’s a freaking TV show…

Yeah, this was published like a year ago…but i just came across it. hahah.

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Posted at 10:15 AM on February 20, 2010  


This is not political satire. The Family Guy show is about how they can be abusive toward others to get a laugh. Friedman said she was accepting of this type of humor. You have to remember that children and young adults watch these shows and become accustom to the content.Even if someone didn’t have Downs syndrome, would you want your daughter to be disrespected and treated like a whore? Even if the intent of the episode was to attack Sarah Palin, they used her child to do it and they were abusive toward that child. When abuse in society becomes an accepted practice on such a widespread level it’s no longer entertainment, it becomes reality especially for children who are quite capable of emulating it. The song sung on that episode was about child abuse. Even though the character was portrayed as having Downs syndrome, it was about disrespecting and abusing that child. It would not surprise me in the least if a pedophile was responsible for writing the lyrics to that song.

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Posted at 12:26 AM on February 20, 2010  

I think that these folks should finally be given the credit that they can find the humor in their differences just like gays and blacks once were….it’s just differences, it’s what we all find funny about each other. Why does it always seem to have limits?

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Posted at 4:12 PM on February 19, 2010  

The following is the transcript of the entire song that was sung on the Family Guy episode in question. Is this funny?

“You’ve got to look your best tonight, you tubby little parasite
‘Cause there’s a lovely lady and she’s waiting for you.
And though her pretty face may seem
A special person’s wettest dream
Before you get to see it there are things you must do.
We’ll try a tie, and boutonniere of yellow.
A rose that shows that you’re a classy fellow.
With a posh panache of Jefferson at Monticello,
Busting out a mile with style.
I know you just can’t wait to stare
At all that luscious orange hair
But boy before you touch a single curl
You must impress that ultra boomin’,
All-consumin’, poorly groomin’
Down syndrome girl.
On any normal day you reek
As if you’re on a farting streak,
Your fingers up your nose and you are dripping with drool.
But if you want a lady’s love,
You’re better off by smelling of
A gentleman’s cologne instead of sneakers and stool.
A squirt, a spurt of something just for Ellen
And you’ll see that she will find you so compellin’.
And she does because the only smell that she’ll be smellin’
Won’t be comin’ from your bum.
You want to take that little whore
And spin her on the dancing floor
But boy, before you do a single twirl –
You must impress that effervescing,
Self-possessing, no-BS-ing
Down syndrome girl.
Her eyes are emerald portals to a secret land of love
And her smile is like the sweetest summer flower.
Her kiss is so inviting, and her hugs are so delighting.
And what makes them really nice is that they’ve got a little spice
Because they’re tighter than a vice and they go on for an hour.
My boy, between the two of us we’ll get you on that shorty bus.
And then you’re going to take it for a whirl.
Now go impress that super-thrilling,
Wish-fulfilling, Yoo-Hoo-spilling,
Ultra-swinging, boner-bringing,
Daily singing, ding-a-linging
Stupefying, fortifying,
Stimulating, titillating,
Kitty-cat impersonating,
Mega-rocking, pillow talking,
Just a little crooked walking,
Poorly pouting, boobies sprouting,
For some reason always shouting,
Fascinating, captivating,
Happiness and joy creating
Down syndrome girl

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Posted at 4:06 PM on February 19, 2010  

Who cares that Andrea Friedman is “ok with it”? Andrea was not the person being made fun of; nor were they mocking down syndrome in general. The cartoon character specifically identified Palin and her family….it was inappropriate and tasteless. If I were Palin and they were having laughs at the expense of my son, I’d be mad, too.

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Posted at 8:52 AM on February 20, 2010  

I find it interesting that this is the SAME Palin who shared a laugh w/Rush Limbaugh for the use “retard” but finds the family guy skit “offensive”.

I think Palin is a total hypocrite. She is all using religion and her party’s platform to bolster her image. Platforms which also include anti-gay marriages which is ironic; people who are gay can not help their sexuality more than a child who is born with special needs.

But the biggest fact remains that while the episode was meant as a satire, in NO WAY did it show people with down-syndrone as inadequate, inept or weak. In fact, it illustrated a character who was assertive, in-charge, and demanded respect.

It’s like the moment she heard the “former governor of Alaska” bit, Palin and her family didn’t seem to digest the rest of the context.

I have no pity or remorse for her family considering it didn’t defame or maliciously attack their child. And I doubt Andrea Fay Friedman would have even considered this part if it was derogatory. It basically showed her kicking ass.

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Posted at 4:00 PM on February 19, 2010  

Let me take a cheat shot at the 40 year old lady
that has lived with a chromosomal disorder all her life
and allow me to let millions of people laugh at her
while the 40 yr old with a chromosomal disorder can not respond.

I bet Mrs Friedman’s family is going to laugh SO HARD because they “have a sense of humor”….mmmmmm…

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Posted at 3:55 PM on February 19, 2010  

Ok, the female Dishwasher from the Kingdom hospital in Denmark has had her 15 minutes of fame.. is it time to move on yet?

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Oscar g

Posted at 3:53 PM on February 19, 2010  

am confused, how was it determined that Sarah Palin made a big mistake? A direct attack against Palin gives her the right to respond back. Whose Andrea Fay to speak for all Down Syndrome people anyway? I don’t agree that shows like these can get away from responsablility under the License of comedy. Andrea Fay got used and she doesnt even know it. Her parents ought to carry her under her wing.

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Christian B

Posted at 4:34 PM on February 19, 2010  

Well, by that token who are Sarah and Bristol Palin to speak for all Down Syndrome people? Or for all parents and siblings of Down Syndrome people?

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Sandra Dee

Posted at 3:28 PM on February 19, 2010  

This is a tricky situation… and while I don’t think it was appropriate for “Family Guy” to take a cheap shot at Palin, I don’t think the overall episode was that offensive.

People need to LIGHTEN UP!!

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Posted at 12:22 AM on February 20, 2010  

It is the inherent trait of people to find humor in even the toughest of situations; not just people with no disabilities, but people. I thought it was hilarious, and knowing several folks with Downs and others with different disabilities, I think it brings a sense of common ground to the table where racism used to be looked at as such; sexual preference used to be looked at as such; now maybe folks with Downs will be FINALLY looked at as people who have a sense of humor about their differences as well. They do, you know…

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