Former US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin sounded off on the recent episode of Fox’s Family Guy which appeared to mock her son who has Down syndrome.
In the episode, a main character, Chris, dates a mentally disabled girl. While never mentioning Palin by name, the girl drew a clear comparison to her son, Trig, when she told Chris, “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom’s the former governor of Alaska.”
The Palin family have called the creators of the show “heartless jerks” after the episode.
Palin, who was recently hired by Fox News as a commentator, wrote in a posting on Facebook that the show was a disappointment and “another kick in the gut”.
In an interview on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Palin talked further:
This world is full of cruel, cold hearted people, who would do such a thing. Look, I look at Trig and I see perfection. I see a precious little child already toddling around. You can see that he has a heart of gold. I also can see into the future that Trig is going to have a pretty tough challenging life in front of him. He’s going to face things special needs children will be facing, much more difficult than we ever will. So why make it tougher on the special needs community? That’s what I thought when I first heard about this episode that really isn’t funny.
But so many people had asked me well, what’s your reaction to this? You know, you had Rahm Emanuel using the “f’ing retard” term, calling people out. And you’ve had other people mocking, even our president mocked Special Olympiads. And well, what do you say about this Fox Hollywood episode of this cartoon? And one person who had asked me my reaction was my daughter Bristol. And I asked Bristol, I said well, honey, what do you think about this? And Bristol gave me words that were very wise and very gracious. And they were such good words in terms of what her response was to this episode, that I Facebooked it today. And I’m like Bristol I will let your words speak for me because you’re much more gracious and I guess forgiving of things like this than I could be. So on my Facebook has the comments from Bristol that kind of sum up the way I look at people who think that things like this are funny.
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