February 16th, 2010
10:06 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin slams Fox’s ‘Family Guy’

Sarah Palin expressed outrage at the Fox Broadcasting Company program 'Family Guy'.

Sarah Palin expressed outrage at the Fox Broadcasting Company program 'Family Guy'.

Washington (CNN) – Sarah Palin expressed outrage at a Fox Broadcasting Company television program for deriding people with Down syndrome and making an apparent reference to her 22-month-old son, Trig, who has the genetic disorder.

The former Alaska governor said on her Facebook page that she was too angry to offer a coherent response so she had her daughter, Bristol, release a full statement on the family’s behalf.

The Palins directed their criticism at the prime time Fox cartoon, “Family Guy.” In Sunday’s episode, a teenaged female character with Down syndrome told another character that “my mom is the former governor of Alaska.” A song and dance routine by another character also used language that ridiculed people with disabilities.

“People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut,” Palin, a Fox News contributor, said in the statement posted Monday evening on her Facebook page. “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, ‘when is enough, enough?’”

Bristol Palin’s statement was posted below her mother’s Facebook entry.

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin,” Bristol Palin said. “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 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?

“As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’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 they’re heartless jerks.”

Fox Broadcasting – which, like Fox News, is owned by News Corp. – did not comment on the Palins’ response to the show.

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  1. once upon a horse

    Sarah Palin lost ALL creditability with me on this subject when she flat out refused to condem GOP leader Rush Limbaugh when he used the "R" word and only called it satire. It was ok for him to use it, but not anyone else. How can you defend your child against one but make an exception for one of your major suppporters. The more she opens her mouth the more fake she appears to me.

    February 16, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Oh just shut up already.

    February 16, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Andy

    If this is true,it is beyond comprehension,I am very caustic toward all Democrats;but,would never do this to any body,any party,nor tolerate anybody that did.This is beyond politics.

    February 16, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Pat

    She could really be successful as a female Rush Limbaugh! President....uh...no. Palin is simply a "divider". She is never constructive about anything....never states what she could do better and how...just bashes everything and everyone. Oh hey...isn't there some biblical saying, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" ??? She's a hypocrite at the very least.

    February 16, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Shirley In California

    Just as I predicted months ago – my grandmother always said "be careful how you treat others when you have children". Palin incited all kinds of dirty language against OUR president knowing he had dependent children. Now, it is hitting her front door and it hurts. The Obama kids were hurt also (but that didn't matter). Its a shame to make fun of anyone but what goes around-comes around sarah and YOUR chickens have come home to roost.

    February 16, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Mo. Fairfax, VA


    This woman seems to nag, babble, and complain about everything.

    Get a life.

    February 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  7. james

    i was a little worried when i heard what the show was about. after watching it though, it was obviously targeted at palin, not at trig. she is the real idiot, obviously.

    February 16, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. John

    Whats the matter Hopey Changey – can dish it out but you can't take it. Refer to our crib notes that tell you to keep your mouth shut next time.

    February 16, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. louielua

    I Can't stand Palin and the way she uses that baby as a political accessory. Much like Paris Hilton uses her rat sized dog. And I admit that I did not see the show. But it's impossible to see how this was acceptable. There is just no workable context. It's like an old South Park episode that tried to find some humor in child abuse.

    But hey does Palin realize she is going to war with FOX? Does this mean she will not appear on their network?

    February 16, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. Romy

    That is the result of your double standard. The same way you accused of everyone who use the word and or make fun of people with disability, your criticism should be directed regardless of who said it, and in this case you are too hypocrite.

    February 16, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Jimbo

    Pretty tasteless, but this is FOX, so get used to it Sarah.

    February 16, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Edd

    Oh wait, it was a cartoon?
    That was not the real daughter of Sarah Palin?
    Sorry, thought I was watching a reality show.....oh wait.

    February 16, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. rachel

    When does Palin not express outrage? I lost all sympathy for republicans on this issue when they when after a young girl just hitting her teens chelsea clinton.

    February 16, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Pete

    Family Guy pokes fun at EVERYTHING – it's sick, but it's the First Amendment!

    February 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Anita

    Typical Fox nasitness! However, Ms. Palin knew that FOX specializes in sneering contempt for anyone or anything that they perceive as "weak" or "needy" (like poor people who need welfare) before she boastfully went to work for them, so why is she so surprised that they would make fun of her son? He represents a group of people who many perceive as "weak" as he will need federal government assistance for the rest of his life in the form of special education programs etc.

    February 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. alex lyrics

    is it politically correct to call Palin a BIMBO???????

    Cause She Sure IS

    February 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. mtnmedic

    The truth hurts, doesn't it, Sarah?

    February 16, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. ehboy

    So let me get this straight:
    Rahm Emmanuel using the "r word" behind closed doors = Palin calls for him to resign.

    Rush Limbaugh repeatedly using the "r word" on airwaves with millions of listeners (including directly insulting dems as "retards") = Palin lets him off for being "satire."

    Family Guy repeatedly using the "r word" in a comedy show which, admittedly, can be quite harsh on its subjects = heartless jerks?

    If Rush is satire, how is family guy not?
    If Rahm's closed-door speech was hateful, how was Rush not?

    The real question here is when will Palin stop being such a hypocrite?

    February 16, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. char

    Suck it up..Nobody is off limits when it comes to Family Guy. Is she going to react to everything someone says? If she didn't have a child with special needs we wouldn't hear from her.

    February 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. LouisianaToo

    Palin's a nitwit... but I gotta agree with the nitwit on this.

    February 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Kerzell

    Palin disappointed anyone and everyone with a family member with a disability. She went strong against Rahm even calling for his resignation. But when Beck and Limbaugh went after "her" she called it satire and said it was allowed.

    Its just like the right – to show how they keep their WOMEN in place. Look at empty headed Bauchman, even she turned on Sarah.

    What Sarah does not understand is – Now even her 15 minutes on the unfair and crooked network is also "UP"

    February 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. txleadhead

    They're all going to milk her for all they can. Bush is gone and we needed an idiot. Viola, Sarah had all the qualifications covered. She's the gift that keeps on giving. Every time she opens her mouth.

    February 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Splat!~

    I agree, it is disgusting and it was disgusting when Limbaugh went off on his ignorant rant!. Satire? Don't be a fool. You should demand an apology from that pompous oaf. Failure to do so only fortifies your image as a hypocrite!~

    February 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. blueslew

    I feel terrible for Sarah Palin and the fact that she was mocked for having down syndrome. Is there no decency left in the world?

    Sarah is a true American patriot and she be revered, not mocked for something that she cannot control. God bless Sarah Palin and God bless the United States of America.

    February 16, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. Gpenn

    The question now becomes, will she quit working for Fox or is it just lip service?

    February 16, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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