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?