Governor Palin responds to the disrespect shown to her son, Trig, and others in the special needs community by the producers of Family Guy. As evident in this clip, the governor continues to demonstrate remarkable strength - and restraint - in the face of the unrelenting attacks on her family.
I had a tough time getting through this clip. It makes my brain hurt.
Setting aside the semantics of The Great Retard Debate, it’s not clear to me how Family Guy is mocking people with Down Syndrome from this clip. It’s not even clear how they’re mocking Sarah Palin. I saw other parts of the episode, and the writers seem to go out of their way to make the character 3-dimensional—atypical for Family Guy.
O’Reilly and Palin get it exactly wrong because they’re eager to tie Family Guy to Rahm Emmanuel and the administration. But the real crime here is the act of putting children of public figures in the media spotlight. And they’re careful to avoid that aspect because we all know Sarah Palin is the last one to point fingers in that regard.
So what did Family Guy do wrong? The reference to Trig Palin was oblique. Was it by portraying disabled persons in a comedy show? Because they’ve already done that. And no one cried foul on Fox, where Family Guy airs. Or is it that we can’t even portray the mentally disabled anymore? Is the mere sight of them taboo?
I can’t believe she’s still using that satire line after Colbert eviscerated her.