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Posted at 7:25 AM ET, 02/17/2010

Sarah Palin slams TV's 'Family Guy' for mocking her family [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna

[Note: This Tuesday-night post was updated Wednesday at 7:25 a.m.]


Sarah Palin may contribute to Fox these days, but that doesn't mean others at Fox won't satirize, spoof, mock or parody her -- or her family.

Now, though, Palin is saying that Sunday night's episode of Fox Entertainment's animated "Family Guy" felt "like another kick in the gut." And on Palin's Facebook page, her daughter Bristol reportedly called the show's writers "heartless jerks."

On the Seth MacFarlane show, the teenage character Chris goes on a date with a girl who has Down syndrome and who says her mother is "the former governor of Alaska."

Palin's youngest child, son Trig -- born in 2008 -- has Down syndrome.

An AP report on the controversy (below) includes a clip from Sunday's episode that features the daughter character who has Down syndrome:



In a Facebook posting, Bristol Palin writes: "If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed." She added: "All they proved is that they're heartless jerks."

Sarah Palin, the former GOP veep candidate, recently was hired to be a commentator for Fox News. Last year, she upbraided host David Letterman over a sexual joke he made about her daughter on his late-night CBS show.

A publicist for "Family Guy" responded to an e-mail from Comic Riffs to say the show had no comment.

Do you think the oft-bawdy and happy-to-be-crass "Family Guy" crossed the line this time? Or do you think Palin is overreacting? If you've got an opinion, feel free to fire away.



By Michael Cavna  | February 17, 2010; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Animation  | Tags:  Bristol Palin, Family Guy, Fox Network, Sarah Palin, Seth MacFarlane  
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Comments

Seth MacFarlane takes cheap (not to mention unfunny) shots at anyone and everyone just to avoid doing anything creative. Sarah Palin keeps coming up with something or another to get offended about just to stay in the news. It's hard to decide whose opinion I care less about.

Posted by: JBourgeios | February 16, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's see ... George H.W. Bush criticizes the Simpsons and the series becomes the longest-lasting animated prime-time series ever.

Dan Quayle criticizes Murphy Brown and it rises in the ratings.

Can't the Repugnants keep their mouths shut?

Posted by: bs2004 | February 17, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

It's good to know that Sarah Palin comprehends cartoons.

However, I'm cannot be so certain about her grasp of foreign policy, economics, environmental issues, legislative issues.... Oh, heck with it. It's just nice to know she gets it when it comes to cartoons.

Posted by: Larry1000 | February 17, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Palin is being a hypocrite as usual. She excused Limbaugh's use of the word "retard" as satire. Now, she expresses outrage about a cartoon? That's satire, too. Until Palin decides it is not.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 17, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Well I'm no fan of Palin whatsoever and despite my advanced age, I find Family Guy rather hilarious. I understand the show's rationale in attacking adults who make for good cannon fodder. However what I strongly object to is making fun of defenseless individuals - especially children. There are no laughs to be found in that at all.

Posted by: MoodyBlue1 | February 17, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Just wait until "South Park" decides that Alaska is basically an extension of Canada.

Posted by: seismic-2 | February 17, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

If you'll actually watch the episode, you'll see that Family Guy does not mock Trig Palin, but rather mocks Sarah Palin. They DS character is fully-functioning, mainlined into regular school, and as Chris states, "just like everybody else." Because Sarah claimed that Rush Limbaugh's repeated used of the word retard was acceptable satire (whereas Rahm Emanuel's use of "retarded" was, to her, a horrific slur), she became a target for truly satiric shows to mock her.

Notice that Family Guy has long had a character with intellectual disabilities (Opie), another one with terrible birth defects, and there was an earlier episode "Petarded" in which Peter is diagnosed as mentally retarded, but Sarah Palin was silent. Only when it's about HER does she care, and then pretend that she's defending others.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 17, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin had gone back to Alaska and to her children after she lost the election in 2008, maybe she wouldn't still be the subject of jokes. Now even her beloved Fox Network is belitting her? Maybe someone needs to shout in her ear that it's time to shut up, go home, and be the 'hockey mom' she said she is.

Personally, I think Sarah Palin LIKES all of this attention. Bad publicity is still publicity that keeps her name in the news, her face in front of TV cameras.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 17, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin had gone back to Alaska and to her children after she lost the election in 2008, maybe she wouldn't still be the subject of jokes. Now even her beloved Fox Network is belitting her? Maybe someone needs to shout in her ear that it's time to shut up, go home, and be the 'hockey mom' she said she is.

Personally, I think Sarah Palin LIKES all of this attention. Bad publicity is still publicity that keeps her name in the news, her face in front of TV cameras.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 17, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

We demand Politically Correct cartoons!

How dare anyone make jokes that someone else doesn't like? Because we are required to watch cartoons, they must be censored so they comply with the tastes and ideas of the lowest common denominator.

Posted by: thoughts | February 17, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

If Saint Sarah of Wasilla had not excused Rush Limbaugh's use of them term "retarded" by claiming it was satire, then she might have a leg to stand on.

As it is, she's just demonstrated what's become the number one rule of American conservatism -- IOKIYAR. (It's OK If You're A Republican.)

Posted by: MarylandBear | February 17, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I think hitpoints has it spot on.

Posted by: buckeye96 | February 17, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

For Family Guy, as well as South Park, everyone and everything is fair game. I don't have a problem with it. As for Sarah's issues, I guess Rush Limbaugh is the only person on the planet who can ridicule "retarded" folks. If Palin had called on Limbaugh to stop the "retarded" jokes, I might take her side, but you can't pick and choose who is right and wrong. That's just. . well. . .retarded.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | February 17, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I believe Seth's best work will be on obama, michells, their daughters, reid, pelosi and biden...
can't wait...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 17, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that I agree with Bristol Palin but I still can't work up any sympathy for her mother. It's pretty sad that the people in our society least deserving of insult are thrown into the middle of this dialogue(that's a polite word for it all). And with all that we're facing we can't even agree to be civil on this subject. But Palin's cynical attack on Emmanuel and cynical non-attack on Limbaugh was so transparently political that I can only feel more contempt for her than I already feel. She's the one who brought this all up, and now she's bemoaning the effects of it. Typical. Quits the governorship because of media pressure. Then proceeds to reap the monetary rewards of having gotten a hold on a great many people who just can't look below the surface of a media facade, and that's all she is now, a high-priced poser.

But the upside here is the more people see and hear of Sister Sarah the less they like her. Two weeks ago I knew someone who just swore she was the real thing, leadership material all the way. Now that person has finally seen through the disguise. Her comment: "Maybe she should start staying home with her children a little more and stop thinking about herself and her career so much."

If Palin wants to keep playing the noble mother role, she needs to stop playing the self-serving political pundit. Because she's giving a lousy performance. As both.

Posted by: curtb | February 17, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

When will Sarah Palin ever learn that she only succeeds in drawing more attention to whatever she is criticizing by shining a light on it? I never would have seen this nonsense if not for Sarah Palin's tirade.

As I tell my own kids, not everything needs a response. Sometimes, you just need to rise above it. Palin never learns, and never grows up.

Posted by: Oneder | February 17, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree with what *hitpoints* posted.

Besides,

EFFFF 'Em if they can't take a joke!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 17, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

So because people do not like Sarah Palin it is ok to make fun of children that cannot defend themselves? You people must be real proud of yourselves.

Posted by: JB71 | February 17, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I was upset when I heard the comment on F.G. only because I knew they just handed Palin another opportunity to play the victim for media attention. She LOVES that so much. All rogue barracudas do!

Posted by: sarahabc | February 17, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The only person whose opinion of "Family Guy" matters is Rupert Murdoch. To him the show is a cash cow he intends to milk until it's dead on its feet. And it seems like he sees no disconnect between "Family Guy" and Fox News. They both exist to line his coffers.

Posted by: drazen1 | February 17, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The problem was that it was on Family Guy.
According to Palin, it would have been satire if it came out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh.

Also, why is she bothering us with this stuff? Why didn't she just send an internal message through Fox, since it was her own employer that green-lighted the show?

Any why doesn't she quit Fox in protest, or is she willing to take her salary which is made up, in part, from revenue generated by Family Guy.

She's in bed with a force she claims is hurting her family -- instead of getting out of it, she just complains a little bit, and goes back to snoozing.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 17, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

He was using satire.

Posted by: vterlep | February 17, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Q: What's the difference between Sarah Palin & Family Guy.

A: One is base, banal, yet highly entertaining; the other is an animated cartoon.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | February 17, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Palin whines yet again. I don't see how the clip is offensive to her son. The teen girl with Downs is smart, independent, and well mannered. Chris even says how much he has wanted to date her and she is like all the other girls. My niece with Downs was thrilled to see a Downs character dating. Palin never misses an opportunity to try to score political points. Seems to me she is the one using her son. Palin, GO AWAY>

Posted by: drmom4 | February 17, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

As I recall she's full of wisecracks about other people. Her comment "how's the hopey changy thing working out fer ya" was intended to offend 66 million voters.

What goes around comes around, she needs to stop whining or learn to keep her own mouth shut too.

Posted by: wmboyd | February 17, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I think Oneder nailed it. Watching Palin respond with vitriol to every negative comment about her is like watching high schoolers feud. Does she have to respond to every little thing?

Posted by: ras4q | February 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, Sarah Palin did not actually see the Family Guy episode. If she did, she would not be upset. The character with Down's was depicted as strong, assertive and positive.
Does Palin ever do any research before she speaks?

Posted by: spro | February 17, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Te he. Palin watches Family Guy?! I hope they make it a running gag now.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | February 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The supreme court has given free speech rights to corporations to say whatever they want about any politician. Based on political advertisements since the end of the 1980's, I would say just about anything is fair game these days. Governor Palin cannot have it both ways, that she is a public figure, with an agenda, who cannot be criticized? Baloney... She can say whatever she wants but she is fair game in the public weal. She had better get used to it.

For the record, I note that the Palin's are now arguing with a cartoon. How fitting...

Posted by: robertmerry | February 17, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone say "hypcrisy" or "double standard"? It's evidently okay when a rabid Republican Rush says that Michael J. Fox is faking his Parkinson's disease, but not when a Fox program pokes fun at a situation with a Down's syndrome character - it's okay when Rush and other Republicans use the word "retard" but not when a member of the opposition uses it.

Hey, Sarah - if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! You did that when you quit your last job, so you have practice.

Posted by: Utahreb | February 17, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Evidently, Palin learned nothing from Dan Quayle's fight with Murphy Brown. When a live politician picks a fight with a sitcom character, the politician always loses.

Posted by: DCArtist71 | February 17, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Wait, Sarah Palin is seriously picking a fight with... Seth McFarlane?

Sarah Palin seems to be on a mission to embarrass herself as much as anyone can without either committing a felony or wetting their pants on live television.

Posted by: jeffwacker | February 17, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Between Palin's reactions in general to criticism in 2008, her public scuffle with Letterman, and this, it seems to me she's more than adequately proved she can't handle the intense scrutiny that will accompany a presidential campaign. I'm a libertarian, so I don't exactly have a dog in this fight, but the GOP would do well to acknowledge this now (they should have done so long ago) and find someone else to run in 2012.

BTW, @DCArtist71: LMAO! You are so right.

Posted by: bucinka8 | February 17, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The Palin's prostituted their son Trig by broadcasting to the world (to buy votes) that they decided their yet unborn child was worth bringing to full term; rather than deciding that their unborn child was not worth bringing to full term and aborting Trig.
Mr. & Mrs. Palin boasted that they annointed Trig with human dignity ...with the intention of swaying Americans to vote for her. The sold out Trig.
Everything comes from God, including human dignity.

Posted by: PaulLeddy | February 17, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I did not see the episode in question.
I commend Ms. Palin for being so strong with the circumstances of a young teenage mother and a special needs child.

That said, when is enough of Palin enough? How can one be angry so much? I don't know about the rest of you, but the day-to-day Facebook rants seem more the actions of a troubled teenager than a serious policy person. While she's speaking directly to "the people" through her facebook rants, I think it diminishes her stature - what little there is.

Ms. Palin, take a hint from members of your R party: Take some time off. Read a book. Gain knowledge on world views and articulate them in an educated manner - not by reading your hand.

Posted by: ATL_Pilot_1 | February 17, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Can you imagine President Palin calling a press conference to address .. . .The Family Guy?

Grow up, Sarah. Not everything requires your feigned outrage.

Posted by: trace1 | February 17, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree with previous posts. It's clear that Sarah Palin never actually watched the episode. The teen with Downs was actually a positive character. The only shot was her saying her mother was the former governor of Alaska.

I know Palin has to keep herself in the media 24/7 but must she keep this victim thing going.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | February 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Hmm I'm surprised she isn't fighting against the other aspects of this show that could also be interpreted as deaming to other groups of people.

Let's see...there is a character on the show refered to as "greased up deaf guy", not up in arms for the deaf community is she? How about Brian the dog shown drinking and smoking all the time? Not up in arms for PETA is she? Or how he could be a bad influence on other dogs and the puppies of America. The character with the upside down face? Not screaming on behalf of ADA is she? Peter is pretty obese and there are lots of fat jokes in the show. What, no cries supporting the obese and overweight (I'm sorry big boned) people of the country? I could go on and on... Oh but that's right. There's that little thing called free speech in this country.

And as stated before, the show was not making fun of Down Syndrome, but of Sarah Palin herself. She's fair game and I suggest she develop a tougher skin or crawl back to her igloo in Alaska where she belongs.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | February 17, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Palin is absolutely right, but she completely undermined her own position and her own credibility when she excused Rush Limbaugh's boorish behavior with a lame exception for "satire." The Family Guy folks are going to quote that right back at her. What she needs to do is correct what she said about Rush and stick to her guns across the board. Otherwise she will continue to be dismissed as a mere opportunist, who exploits her family when useful to score political points, but who doesn't actually stand for anything.

Posted by: fmjk | February 17, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm not suprised that Sarah is offended. We all know what sticklers conservatives are for political correctness.

Posted by: mddg777 | February 17, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Palin has mighty thin skin for the business she's in. The more she squawks at these jokes, the more attention she gets. Perhaps some of her celebrity feeds off of this, but getting in petty media squabbles doesn't do her much good overall.

This said, there is a difference between messing with Palin and messing with her children, and the left and blogosphere have been all to quick to make jokes (and wild accusations) about her children and about her at the expense of her children. A lot of these are cheap shots, and they aren't even particularly funny, especially given that the same people would probably never dare to make similar jokes involving the Obama children.

Shoot, a toy company pulled a couple of dolls from the market that resembled the Obama daughters when the First Lady objected. It's hard to imagine Palin's family receiving even a shred of the same respect and deference.

McCain, of course, made a now-infamous bad and unfunny joke about Clinton's daughter, but the Clintons didn't respond much or at all that I remember, and the joke was lost to obscurity until McCain's nomination. If Palin had simply ignored Family Guy, the show would have passed into similar obscurity almost as soon as it aired. Instead, she lends the show new life with her reaction.

Maybe this was Fox's plan all along? It's certainly the only way that Family Guy is going to get a boost in ratings anymore as the show stopped being amusing for anyone older than about a junior high mentality a long time ago.

Posted by: blert | February 17, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Commits the cardinal sin... it's not funny.

Posted by: Section506 | February 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Family Guy just isn't that funny anymore. It's just too random and played out. If you want to watch an offensive show that is edgy but actually tackles current issues, watch South Park. Far superior to Family Guy.

Posted by: futbolclif | February 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Satire, baby!

The Dan Quayle parallels continue. Palin is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 17, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Here's what I know:

I laughed.

Posted by: scorbett1976@hotmail.com | February 17, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Funny huh, anything goes, huh? O. K. How about Seth MacFarlane doing a cartoon showing President Obama in Diapers, sucking his thumb, while viewing his TelePrompTer and crying because everyone doesn't love him anymore?(Biggest drop of a President since record keeping began). Would that be funny?

Or,remember the disgusting Saturday Night Live skit about Palin's husband when they said "did you hear he is "doing his daughters"? How about exchanging the "dude" for the Messiah--is that a funny "JOKE".

Or, how about a ballplayer "doing" Michelle as Letterman joked of doing Sarah's daughter. Would that be funny?

Do the above readers think replacing Palin with Obama would be funny? Why not, because they hate Palin and love the messiah?
FYI, That is what is called a "double standard". I find no humor in "SICK JOKES" that are not funny. If the above is considered Humor and that is what your readers want---then the President and his family should not be hands off.

Posted by: passonfirstdown | February 17, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

She's extremely thin-skinned for someone who seeks the spotlight. I guess it's just another opportunity to use her kids to score political points.

Posted by: smc91 | February 17, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

So because people do not like Sarah Palin it is ok to make fun of children that cannot defend themselves? You people must be real proud of yourselves.

Posted by: JB71

JB71, no children with disabilities were made fun of in that Family Guy episode. Stop spouting off without knowing what you're talking about.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Jeez - I am SO tired of hearing about this gap-toothed, mouth-breathing . . . woman . . .

Posted by: palmtree2001 | February 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Palin say last week it's OK for Rush Limbaugh to say "retard" because it's satire?
So 'Family Guy' isn't satire? I don't think 'Family Guy" is funny but I sure as hell don't think 'Family Guy' is supposed to be taken seriously.

Posted by: stikyfingas | February 17, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Another opportunity for feigned outrage and false peity for the purpose of gaining political points.

Posted by: ozpunk | February 17, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

stikyfingas said: "I don't think 'Family Guy" is funny but I sure as hell don't think 'Family Guy' is supposed to be taken seriously."

Neither is Sarah Palin.

This is the first time I've seen the subject filed under t5he proper category -- comedy.

Posted by: wizard2 | February 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

What was the outcome of the Alaska Assembly's investigation into Sarah P's multiple misuses of funds, facilities and equipment? The only way to stop corruption like this is to prosecute. We already have precedent from the Spiro Agnew case. If no one remembers Agnew, Richard Nixon's vice-president went to prison for his corruption while governaor of New Jersey.

Which reminds me. Whatever happened to the investigations into Dick Cheney's numerous crimes, which include exporting restricted materials to both Iran and Iraq in the 1990s as CEO of Halliburton, the corporation he personally granted illegal no-bid contracts to while vice-president AND illegal major stockholder.

That raises another question. Does one have to be corrupt to be a Republican vice-presidential candidate? The data sure points that way.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 17, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Politics seems to take on a particularly cruel lifestyle these days. Instead of applauding responsible decisions our media resorts to schoolyard antics lacking in sensitivity. To "sell a show" no consideration is given to the pain that show will cause people who are dealing with those issues. The old saying "what goes around, comes around" gives me comfort. Maybe Obama should apologize for Seth and the Family Guy show as he has done on the international stage for imagined offenses.

Posted by: cheryllammons | February 17, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, well, you know, Simple Sarah and First Dude are more Little Abner types.

Posted by: jrw1 | February 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

She's an easy target...and you know she'll respond to any joke at her expense. So there's that motivation too. I enjoy FG on a regular basis but thought this was in poor taste though. But as she said in defending Rush Limbaugh for using 'reatard', it's ok if it is satire, right?

Posted by: jetrain | February 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Come on people!
We all know that TRIG is not Palin's baby.
I can't wait for the day when Trig turns 18, and holds a press conference declaring his mother a liar.

Posted by: strictly_liberal | February 17, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, those Jerry Subs and Pizza radio commercials don't shed too positively a light on Palin either.

Posted by: sarc04 | February 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

[Do the above readers think replacing Palin with Obama would be funny? Why not, because they hate Palin and love the messiah?]
Why don't the teabaggers put Palin on posters as the joker or as Hitler? Why don't people like you compare Palin to an ape like they do Michelle Obama?

If you are implying that Obama has been off limits then you are really kidding yourself. Its just that he and Michelle Obama aren't in the "mainstream media" whining about every insult passed their way. For Palin to claim she is a pitbull with lipstick, she sure has a thin skin. Of course, those mean cheerleader types always start crying when people fight back.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | February 17, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

This is all a stunt, folks. A FAUX NEWS STUNT!!!! Sarah works for FOX and this show is on which network? If Miss Sarah was so offended, she could quit working for so dispicable an organization as FAUX NEWS. But she isn't offended. As has been pointed out earlier, she picks and chooses when to feign offense - mostly when it gets her more air/camera time. Then she goes on Blow(it)Hard O'Reilly's show so he can do a softball 'interview'? So now FAUX NEWS consists of FAUX blowhards interviewing each other? Where I grew up that's called a Circle Jerk. Don't cry for Sarah. But I wonder if her daughter knew this is all a FAUX stunt that her mom was in on???? Now that is a dusgusting thought. Besides using her infant as a 'stage prop', is she also using her older children?

Posted by: meinschaft | February 17, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

So much for free speech.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Family Guy or some other stupid spoofologist to make a crack about those "chubby" Obama children....whoa, I bet there will be an uproar about how the Obama kids should be totally off limits. Double standard as usual and deeply troubling that your poll here shows how little regard your readers have for the developmentally disabled.

Posted by: reenee | February 17, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

1) "Family Guy" is hilarious to anybody not braindead and tuned into pop culture.
2) Seth McFarlane's show has been a hit for a while, now. Sarah Palin is a moron (which she and countless others have proven ad nauseum), and her family is going to be the butt of jokes, because quite frankly, she trotted them out as props to begin with, even stating that being a mother somehow would give her credentials for running the country.
3) While Down Syndrome itself isn't a joke, I wouldn't expect a comedian to pull pushes with regard to it.
4) What the hell is Sarah Palin doing watching Family Guy, anyway? I know there's a family on the show, but it isn't exactly "family programming".
5) Doesn't Sarah Palin realize she's a walking punchline, by now? Get offended all you want - everybody in public life is parodied and satirized (and many are deservedly so). God forbid she became president (we'd all be dead, btw), she'd get mangled on the comedy circuit, just like any other president has been, and will be. She thinks she can handle Ahmedinejad and Putin? She can't handle jokes - or warranted criticism, for that matter. Write *that* on your hand, dumb___.

Posted by: fbutler1 | February 17, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ms. Palin keeps opening her mouth. The more people see her and hear her, the more they realize there is nothing there. "The Emperor has no Clothes". The number of True Believers is dropping every day. The FG show with a DS girl was not disrespectful of the DS girl, it made fun of her mother. OK, SP does not do nuance either.

Posted by: viking54 | February 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Whether you like or dislike Sarah Palin, what I found offensive in watching the clip everyone is showing is that the young lady with Down's Syndrome was made to appear rude, bossy, and rather objectionable in how she treated her date even before she made mention that her mother was the former governor of Alaska. It appeared to me that the biggest slight was against people who live with down's and how they were portrayed in this so-called comedy sketch.

Posted by: justmyvoice | February 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think if Palin truly cared about her offspring, she would have said nothing regarding a program's attempt at humor viewed by a small segment of the populace.

But, she only truly cares about publicity--any way she can get it--to keep her face and image before the masses.

Posted by: Spectator | February 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to take her family off of Front Page Media Central or deal with the raft of it all. She wants to have her cake and eat it too...she think she can say anything she wants about anybody and then hide behind her dysfunctional family. She wants to chose who can say the word Retard and who can't...either the word Retarded is discriminatory or it's not...she does not get to chose both depending on who says it. I'm only surprised that she's going after the Funny Guy since the show is on Fox, but I guess at some point she has to speak up or her money train will run dry sooner than she thinks. I'm with Hillary, if Sarah does not exit stage right, I'm heading to Canada for a well deserved vacation from her.

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 17, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic, whiny brat. Is there anybody more useless than Sarah Palin?

Posted by: bigbrother1 | February 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Lots of free publicity for Sarah Palin.
A conservative thanks you.

Posted by: sonnbarb | February 17, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah...Funny Guy? Who in the hell is Funny Guy? I guess the whole country knows now. And what about Todd Palin; does these "insults" bother him, or is he a real "gwonup?" Sarah Palin is a "RETARD!"

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 17, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

sonnbarb: More free publicity for how thin-skinned and hypocritical Sarah Palin is, you mean.

But tons more free publicity for The Family Guy. LOL you idiot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I dislike Palin greatly.

That said, this is really an inappropriate subject for parody. Families that have children with disabilities struggle with all manner of physical / mental issues. Adding social problems is just piling on.

Posted by: gconrads | February 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Funny huh, anything goes, huh? O. K. How about Seth MacFarlane doing a cartoon showing President Obama in Diapers, sucking his thumb, while viewing his TelePrompTer and crying because everyone doesn't love him anymore?(Biggest drop of a President since record keeping began). Would that be funny?

Or,remember the disgusting Saturday Night Live skit about Palin's husband when they said "did you hear he is "doing his daughters"? How about exchanging the "dude" for the Messiah--is that a funny "JOKE".

Or, how about a ballplayer "doing" Michelle as Letterman joked of doing Sarah's daughter. Would that be funny?

Do the above readers think replacing Palin with Obama would be funny? Why not, because they hate Palin and love the messiah?

Posted by: passonfirstdown

Uh..yeah it would be funny. And why are you calling Obama the Messiah? He's the President silly. SMH

Posted by: yisthisnews | February 17, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

From 'Murphy Brown' to 'spongebob' and now this it is clear that republotards and wingnuts are incapable of distinguising between reality and fiction.

Maybe it's because they are all such liars and idiots.

It's a freekin' cartoon. Deal with it.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Palin, how is that Whiny, Whiny stuff workin' out for ya?

Posted by: mi-ti-bear | February 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Did you ever see the series 'Lil Bush'?

Talk about HILARIOUS!

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin again? Really?
I thought cartouns are satire.
No wait only Russ limbau can use it. What a snail brain [palin]

Posted by: cecil3 | February 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I meant limbaugh sorry sarah
I guess I am special!

Posted by: cecil3 | February 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

She needs enemies...it's all part of her mantra...yet she claims in her speeches - brandishing her s**t-eating grin - that she just "ignores" the media???

...Her paranoia is all-encompassing, overwhelming. She's a total loser.

Posted by: mbds | February 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd be willing to bet that everyone who is trying to come up with a "well you wouldn't think it was funny if..." comparison hasn't ever seen the Family Guy. It's THE FAMILY GUY - 98% of what they do is make low and borderline inappropriate (sometimes not borderline) jokes, often about people in the public eye. The entire show is rude and crass, not just the part mocking Palin.

It's not that it's necessarily funny (I don't particularly like the show), it's just what they do. If everyone who got skewered complained, this would be a weekly news item.

Posted by: acb1 | February 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Family Guy" is at least consistent. They unapologetically skewer everybody. Nothing is sacred.

If you don't like it, don't watch.

Posted by: mikem1 | February 17, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I find it more offensive that Sarah would name her child after his genetic abnormality. His very name identifies him forever with the fact he has Down Syndrome, it's like saying, "You ARE Down Syndrome."

Trig. Trisomy G.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 17, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah!

Satire is the sour milk of human kindness!

Posted by: monel7191 | February 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

If you can't stand the heat stay in Alaska as the Early Warning Spotter for The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming.

Posted by: mdpilot | February 17, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

After watching Family Guy last night, it was on the DVR, its obvious that Palin never watched the episode. The show handled to well, I don't think it was offensive and the message is that people are people, period. They portrayed the girl with downs as being strong, positive and quite understanding of what was going on around her. They never "made fun" of the character. The only reference to palin was the one line that mentioned her mom was the former gov of Alaska.

Really Sarah? Really?

Posted by: buckeye96 | February 18, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

There was NO JOKE about Trigg Palin in the show, and nobody made fun of someone with DS. The story was about a teen girl WITH DS who goes out on a date. She isn't portrayed badly at all, in fact she is feisty and a typical teen. Palin, once again, is looking for attention. Just to be clear: The comment regarding Family Guy and the 'kick in the gut' was supposedly from Bristol Palin, written on Sarah's OFFICIAL site on Facebook. It's obvious from the FB post that neither Sarah not Bristol actually saw the show in question, they jumped yet again to a 'conclusion' and grabbed (once again) the opportunity to play the victim. This is a well-known tactic of Palin's: paranoid OUTRAGE! at anything that she decides is about her. Then, she rants about it, calling it 'defending' (insert perceived insult here). http://archivist1000.blogspot.com/2010/02/dear-bristol.html

Posted by: Archivist1000 | February 19, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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