‘Family Guy’ Actress Responds To Sarah Palin’s Criticism

It's only a cartoon, but still . . .

Sarah Palin is angry at Fox Broadcasting Co. because its saucy cartoon show "Family Guy" portrayed a teenage girl with Down syndrome telling another character that her mom is the former governor of Alaska. A song and dance routine followed, with language ridiculing people with disabilities, CNN said.

Palin, has a 22-month-old son with Down syndrome.

She said she was too ticked off to respond personally –"felt like another kick in the gut," she said — so on Palin's Facebook page her daughter Bristol said, in part, "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?" Read More

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Andrea Fay Friedman, the voice actress who played the role of "Ellen" –the character depicted as having Down syndrome on the Valentine's Day episode of Family Guy, has responded to the criticism of sometime-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Of special significance, Friedman herself has Down syndrome. Palingates has Friedman's complete response:

My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the "Extra Large Medium" episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine's day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in " Smudge" but I was a blonde in "Life Goes On". I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line "I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska" was very funny. I think the word is "sarcasm".

In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.

I have to say, that's a pretty good burn.

Friedman also spoke to the New York Times Arts Beat reporter David Itzkoff. You can read their interview here.



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  1. FilomenaFallaci56
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 19:30:00

    Did you turn implementing a hair pin over (possibly by Enovid or Lanco´me)? I judge a hair is befitting for that


  2. sjohnson
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:11:00

    Wait. What?


  3. sjohnson
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:15:00

    What an insightful person Ms. Friedman is! She must also have a very supportive family who did not look at her and see limitations, only possibilities. I love the remark about the loaf of bread. I always described the half-a-gov as holding Trig like a sack of flour. Good post!


  4. ken
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:17:00

    just how sick and direct are the comments allowed to be,i'm sure you have a pretty thick skin,but i'm also sure i could find your breaking point.i did a little research and found that your husband and children arn't all they could be,maybe i can do a post of their short comings,all in good humor of course.


  5. sjohnson
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:23:00

    And Ken hits a new low with an ad hominem attack instead of addressing the actual article. Very typical and snarky.


  6. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:31:00

    Ken, who are you talking to? Is that a threat?
    At what point do Palin's intentions become Trig's unfair exploitation? You have crossed the line. How despicable of you to even put that in words.


  7. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:43:00

    I appreciated that Ms Friedman had a statement to know about her career. To listen to Sarah or Bristol special needs children are so needy. Thought it shows that people like Ms Friedman face those challenges and overcome them quite well.
    Without the Palins


  8. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 20:57:00

    .. husband and children arn't all they could be????????????
    How dare you first off…..Yes they are, in every way.
    That shows how deep your ugly goes! This is my blog, shouldn't you tell me that I'm not all I could be?


  9. sjohnson
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 21:01:00

    As I have said several times in the past, Ken is the typical bully-boy. It is all he knows.


  10. ken
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 21:14:00

    NO,that would be to easy,that would not be sarcastic enough,and now that your in the right frmae of mind ,now that your a mother protecting her children,NOW you can tell me how the political and personnal insult to palin came even close to being any kind of damm humor.go ahead,now your children are in that box that palins have been stuffed into,just how do you defend remarks like this where is your sense of humor where is your sense of fair play,as a mother you should be outraged at comments like this but your hatred of all things palin have blinded you to your christian charity.your sense of right and wrong,you should feel nothing but shame for defending freaks that used a show to make a political statement and to insult a child that has no way of defending himself,you should feel shame and nothing but shame for defenmding filth like this your hatred of palin has turned you dark and dirty,you need a bath.


  11. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 21:32:00

    Ken, You can personally attack me if you wish. But, I do not want to be POTUS! My children or husband have no place here. Unless you would like to thank my child for serving in Afghanistan? You're just vitrol and I'm kinda sick of you because of that.
    It's Sarah who includes her children in this drama by exploiting them for her selfish gain ( money, power or sympathy). I don't watch 'Family Guy".. But, they have the right to use celebrity personalities and all their props in their satire.


  12. ken
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 21:55:00

    you behaved like a mother,and palin has every right to do the same,when letterman called her daughters whores he should have had his acorns cut off,now that that some left leaning sitcom writer has made fun of a child that has no way to protect himself ,she has every right to call them on it,your reaction is all the proof that anyone needs,and its not every celebrity,its palins kids that are taking shots in a very sick way.if those were my daughters,or my son,someone would be laying in a gutter.


  13. ken
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 22:09:00

    and whats your story,the english language not good enough for you,hanging around with marxist aristocrat has got you using latin..its called a personnal attack,not a ''ad homanimmmm'''


  14. Maria
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 23:21:00

    Ken, did you actually view the cartoon clip?


  15. ken
    Feb 18, 2010 @ 23:42:00

    it was clearly done to mock palin,there is no other way to see it,don't try to cloud the facts in hopes of getting a different response,it was done in poor taste,or should i go out this weekend and point and laugh at all the ''tards'' running around.no matter how you cut it there is no defense of this.


  16. Maria
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 00:30:00

    Ken, no one is denying that Palin was being called out… but her child was NOT denigrated. On the contrary the character who mentioned that her mother was the ex-governor of Alaska, was a girl that was on a date and being 'bossy' and capable, just a normal young woman who happens to have Down Syndrome.Andrea Friedman's parents were told that she would not progress beyond the cognitive abilities of a 4 year old. What did they do? They ensured that Andrea was stretched and stimulated and they did not treat her like a r*tard, a special angel or someone to be pitied.Andrea went to college, works at a law firm, drives a car, and lectures around the world. And she's an actress!If only Sarah would take note and give Trig the care and treatment that he needs – on the book tour he was kept up at all hours, and very seldom was seen wearing his glasses or hearing aid. Sarah deserves to be called out for mistreating Trig, whose name in itself an insult being TrisomyG for short!


  17. GrannyBea
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 03:38:00

    My goodness! I take some time away from the blogs, come back to find that Ken is still here, spitting out his nonsensical vitriol, and is as mean-spirited and bitter as ever.

    I don't hate Palin, she isn't worth the effort it takes to hate. I am not a Marxist, nor is Syrin, just because we state our views about her. Palin certainly didn't object to Rush Limbaugh's *satire*. The cartoon was simply satire and Palin herself was the target, not the child. Palin has a continual knee-jerk reaction to every perceived insult to she or her family, which results in her looking more and more of a buffoon.

    For those on Facebook, feel free to let Andrea know she is a great example for others with diminished abilities in some respects. If only Palin could admit her shortcomings and find something nice to say……….or just sit down and shut up.

    Oh……….and Ken…….you surely would not be missed if you decided to take yourbad manners somewhere else.


  18. sjohnson
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 03:54:00

    Well said. Ken, like the rest of us, is a visitor at someone else's blog. He fails to realize that it is very bad manners to come to someone's house and spew his twisted hatred and ignorance all around.


  19. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 08:39:00

    Welcome back GrannyBea..
    Correct, Ken has lost his perspective in reality, if he ever had one. Similar to almost ever other person who defends Sarah Palin's bad behavior, stupidity and exploitation. Wonder where that JBodine slithered off to .. Doesn't matter.
    Appreciate the facebook link for Andrea


  20. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 12:49:00

    just the fact that you have no idea what trigs name means tells me evrything i need to know about you,in a world of mikes and johns,anns and marys she gave her children names of meaning,trigs name,in local indian tounge,stands for truth or strength,neither of which you seem to have.with a computer you have the world at your fingertips i suggest you use it.


  21. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 12:57:00

    granny,is that just a title you gave yourself,or does it mean that not only did you raise children you helped raise grandchildren,and do you really want to say your reactions would be any different then palins or syrins when it comes to someone making fun of your children.the attack on family guy was aimed and there is no mistaken who it was aimed at.letterman was a child molesting coward,and family guy is a grinning,base,pandering, insulting show.


  22. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 13:00:00

    this is a public blog,so it would be more like voicing your opinion in the local coffee house,not your living room,is their any fact that you can't misinterpit


  23. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 13:05:00

    ….the attack on family guy was aimed and there is no mistaken who it was aimed at. So what! She's open to it by her own exploitations of her own family and private disfunctions. She's a star, celebrity..That's why she's getting the 'BIG BUCKS'
    Don't watch it, that's how you can help defend Sarah. It's freedom, man! FREEDOM and LIBERTY applies to things we don't like aswell…


  24. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 14:46:00

    Everyone is out to get Sarah Palin
    …Her time as governor was marred by her almost incessant need to be a victim, a target. Big Oil. Crooks. Veco. Bloggers. Left-leaning critics. They were all out to get her. Lashing out at a cartoon seems to fit that mold.A thicker skin would be nice, but picking the right fights would be better.


  25. sjohnson
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 17:48:00

    Well, Syrin, I guess that Ken is in the habit of walking into coffee shops, screaming random remarks, and victimizing himself. Remind you of anyone? I guess the good Lord gave him more bitterness and less manners.


  26. sjohnson
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 18:39:00

    As near as I can find, "Trig" means nothing except maybe Trisonomy-G. Now, "Trygg" does mean something in Scandinavia. The meaning varies from site to site. If the half-a-gov and the shadow gov meant their son's name to have the same meaning as "Trygg", why didn't they spell it that way? They chose to spell it the same way as the medical professionals who refer to a DS baby as "Tri-g" or "Trig". I suspect that is why supporters of Trig are outraged at the choice of his name, not to mention the choice of his first Halloween costume (Dumbo).


  27. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 20:42:00

    just google palins childrens names,they are on all kinds of sites both pro and con…….now wipe the spittle of your chin and your thumb…………and don't ask me how to google…


  28. sjohnson
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 21:01:00

    Let me be more explicit since you are intellectually challenged. In Googling "names" and searching numerous sites for the name "Trig", I was rewarded with "your search returned no results" every time. I checked approximately fifteen sites. The only name similar, as I said, was "Trygg." Now if you have found a names site that has "Trig" listed, then STFU and post the link.


  29. FlynnD
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 21:45:00

    Ken,It's time for a real man to step in and take charge. Fuck off you goddamn blowhard.


  30. Maria
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 22:06:00

    Ken, you are probably taking Sarah at her word. According to her: "Trig is a Norse word meaning "true" and "brave victory." The name is in honor of his great uncle, a Bristol Bay fisherman." Trig is NOT a Norse name. According to Wiki.name, the Norse word-root "trygg" means loyal, secure or firm. The Norse name is Tryggvi, Tryggve or Trygve..


  31. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 22:23:00

    i will give you the same answer i gave to sjohnson,he was named after a local indian tounge,it means strength or truth i don't know where the norse story comes from,and again, just google it, it comes up with the same answers wether your pro palin or con.


  32. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 22:28:00

    ah the mighty flynn came back,really? is this the best you can do?! a man,you? you know sometimes i get mental pictures of people on the blogs and the only nuts i see you having are the coconuts on your chest,but you never know i could be wrong,go ahead and try again…


  33. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 22:40:00

    Glad you joined in the fun. Ken is a riot!!


  34. FlynnD
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 23:07:00

    my coconuts are teabaggin' your chin, Kennyyou friggin, doofus


  35. Maria
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 23:29:00

    Excuse my ignorance, Ken, but what is a tounge? Is that a Yupik word?


  36. ken
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 23:39:00

    now your sounding like anderson on 360,, let me here you giggle!!!!!!!!!


  37. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 19, 2010 @ 23:48:00

    Ken, I happened to like Anderson Cooper.. You should expand your intellectual intake to include other networks besides Fox..


  38. ken
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 00:35:00

    and the fact that anderson got his job because of his mother,who was the grandmother of all populists doesn't bother you in the least??????????


  39. ken
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 00:36:00

    no its a misspell,tongue…tell me you googled the name and are now a little bit more informed..


  40. Maria
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 08:37:00

    Ah, Ken, you mean you think it's a Native Alaskan word? But that's not according to Sarah. It was Sarah who said Trig is a Norse name, and I've already Googled that she was mistaken – the Norse name (as I explained before) is Tryggvi, Tryggve or Trygve, and often shortened to Tryg. Sarah also said that Trig was named after his great-uncle but I've not been able to find the spelling of HIS name. Do you perhaps know?


  41. sjohnson
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 09:20:00

    As I said before, post the link or STFU. Not one Native American names site had the name Trig. Originally, the Palins claimed it was Native American, but as is typical of them, they later changed their story to it being a Norse name. It is about time you realized that they are full of moose feces.


  42. sjohnson
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 09:33:00

    "indian" really, Ken? Are you that obtuse? Racist perhaps? They only "Indians"we have in America immigrated here from India. You're such a doofus. And yes, what does "tounge" mean, Genius?


  43. ken
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 16:20:00

    yea indians,it might be old but its what i grew up with so i'm sticking with it,i don't know any hyphentad americans.but i'm sure you've helped create a few.


  44. sjohnson
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 16:47:00

    Shows what an insensitive ass you are, Bully-boy. Ooops, guess that makes you a hyphenated American. Otherwise, I have no clue what you mean by your comment of hyphenated Americans or what you are insinuating by saying that I have helped create a few. On the other hand, you have never been very concerned about being understood. Interesting that you took issue with Syrin being (in your mind) disrespectful to half-a-gov; yet, you are incredibly disrespectful to all of the indigenous people of America. That would make you a what? Oh yeah, a racist ass.


  45. ken
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 23:05:00

    oh,no, another socialist is calling me a racist,what do you guys have a list of insults to throw out there,just so as you know i spent some time trying to understand the indian mindset,i went to the abanaki tribe in vermont and asked questions and searched for answers,and these indians[which by the way is what they call themselves] would laugh at your false help,your false indignity,and they would really laugh at your socialist propaganda.again do you people have some alinsky rules for radicals check list,do you scan down and find the worst possible thing you could possibly say to win a argument,is this really who you are..


  46. sjohnson
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 04:38:00

    Uh oh!! Bully-boy is off his meds!! LOL


  47. Syrin from Wasilla
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 13:51:00

    Again, I never watched Family Guy. But, this is funny. Ken, you need to deal with the fact that not everyone thinks Sarah is credible or the new Ronald Reagan….


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