On Sunday night's episode of Family Guy, Chris Griffin went on a date with a lovely young lady named Ellen, who just so happens to have Down syndrome. While Sarah Palin's name was not mentioned during the show, at one point during their date Ellen says, â€œMy dad's an accountant, and my momâ€™s the former governor of Alaska.â€
An outraged Sarah Palin posted the following message on Facebook:
"People are asking me to comment on yesterdayâ€™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, â€œwhen is enough, enough?":
"When youâ€™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 youâ€™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, shouldnâ€™t we be more compassionate to innocent people â€“ especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldnâ€™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 theyâ€™re heartless jerks. - Bristol Palin"
Technically, Seth MacFarlane and company aren't mocking the former vice presidential candidate, and after watching the show, we weren't exactly offended by the way they portrayed Ellen's character. And hey, we're not the only ones - Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch had this to say about Sunday night's show, "Save for a few trademark-Stewie lines that erred on the offensive side, [the rest of the episode] actually treated Ellen very much like any other character, which shows quite a bit of respect in the Family Guy universe."
Plus, this is a Fox show - do you really think the parent company would have wanted to offend Fox News' newest correspondent? If it was REALLY that bad, I'm sure they wouldn't have allowed it on air, just like they did with the infamous abortion episode last year...
So whose side are you on? Sexy Sarah's? Or can Seth and his Emmy winning show do no wrong?