Sarah Palin is put in the position of having to defend her children once again. The FOX cartoon comedy Family Guy mocked her son Trig's Down syndrome.
Sarah wrote on her Facebook page that it was like getting "kicked in the gut." Trig's sister Bristol also weighs in on the page, calling the show's writers "heartless jerks."
The episode features the character Chris falling for a girl with Down syndrome. On a date, he asks what her parents do. She replies: "My dad's an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska."
Last night, Palin appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and said, "This world is full of cruel, cold-hearted people" and asked, "When are we going to say this stuff isn't really funny?"
Ironically Family Guy airs on Fox, the same company that now employs Sarah Palin.
Here is Sarah on Fox last night:
If you have not read it yet, here is Sarah Palin's Facebook post:
Sarah Palin: Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment
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”
- Sarah Palin
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More from USA Today.
And Buddy TV has a list of many Family Guy episodes that were even more offensive.