VIDEO UPDATE: 'Family Guy' actress makes appeal to Palin
[Note: This Friday post has been updated Saturday with video of the "Family Guy" voice actress.]
This week, Comic Riffs asked you whether you sided with ex-guv Sarah Palin or "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane -- or neither -- in the controversy over Sunday's episode of the animated Fox show. In that episode, a teen character who has Down syndrome says her mother is "the former governor of Alaska."
Of the more than 3,000 'Riffs readers who voted, 65 percent said they sided with MacFarlane, citing that the character was all in the name of fair satire, tastless though it might be. Palin, whose young son Trig has Down syndrome, and her daughter Bristol criticized "Family Guy," saying the episode mocked their family.
Now, the actress who voiced the teen character, Andrea Fay Friedman -- who herself has Down syndrome -- sides with the 65 percent of you who backed MacFarlane.
Naturally, her reaction is fairly to be expected, considering that (a) the actress agreed to do the oft-crass show in the first place, script in hand; and (b) MacFarlane's folks were cutting the check for her gig. Still, Friedman -- reportedly speaking with "The Insider" -- is passionate in her appeal. She says in part:
"Sarah, I know you're watching this. ... A lot of people have teased me because I have Down syndrome. ... [It's] a challenge, not a disability."
Citing Trig's having Down syndrome, Friedman appeals to Palin: "Don't take advantage of that. He has a normal life. I have a normal life." She goes on to say she's angry because she believes Palin in using Trig to gain votes.
Friedman also says of Palin's response to Sunday night's "Family Guy": "It'd be nice if [Palin] had a sense of humor. It's only a joke."
Also this week, Palin appeared on the program of a Fox News colleague -- Bill O'Reilly -- to address the controversy:
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| February 20, 2010; 5:45 AM ET
Categories: The Animation | Tags: Family Guy, Sarah Palin, Seth MacFarlane
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