February 16th, 2010
10:06 PM ET
4 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. Del

    Oh Sarah, that's what Family does, makes humorous light of everything usually with an underlying moral insight, man is this what we have to look forward President Palin censoring cartoons!

    February 16, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Rinkrat

    I don't understand this woman. How is this satire not ok but Rush's satire is? Can someone explain this woman to me because I think she's just nuts.

    February 16, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  3. No fan of Sarah

    I have never once agreed with anything SP has said, and admittedly I have never watched The Family Guy, but if this report is accurate, the "cartoon" is in inexcusably bad taste and has done the heretofore impossible - made me feel a twinge of sympathy for the former candidate.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Bridget

    Someone call the waaaambulance. Pigs must be flying. Anti-PC Palin is whining about others not being politically correct.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. Diane R

    Too bad the Palin's "compassion" only extends to people in their own family, and not to those who are "less fortunate" in society in general. Sarah Palin has continually mocked – and fought against policies to help and protect – people who are poor, unemployed, uninsured, discriminated against, or in other ways not as fortunate as she is. Where was her "compassion" during the health reform debate, or during debates on any other topic?

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  6. Bob, SC

    It is a sin the way palin is using her child's Down Syndrome to her own polical purposes. She should be with her son, SHOWING him love rather than talking about it and letting someone else take care of him and be a mother to him. Go Home Sarah! SHOW your son and us that you really love him. But you won't. You will continue your hypocritcal ways.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. ILuvSarah!

    Is this a new Sarah Palin? When did it occur that she has to be "too angry to offer a coherent response"?

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. R

    I wonder if she'll resign her position over this? Seems like the right thing to do.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Sammy

    Palin is a victim continuously in search of a cause.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Wes

    Hey sweetheart you take their cash as an employee and say everything their racist and redneck following wants to hear. What seems to be the problem? A bit up setting when it's back on you?

    Too funny.

    February 16, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Levi, Alaska

    Sarah, I think they were trying to make fun of you not Trig. Anyways, have you ever thought about starting your own reality TV show? Politics really doesn't seem to be your thing. -Levi

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Tony B. Folsom, CA

    This woman is pathetic. She trashes our President and when somebody makes fun of her moronic child she gets upset. I think the
    Family Guy scene was very funny and certainly not demeaning to disadvantaged people.

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Bob

    Convenient that Sarah Palin bashes Family Guy and Rahm Emmanuel but doesn't seem to mind when Rush Limbaugh calls someone a retard. Just a hypocrite....nothing more.

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. larry c wilson

    It's an animated TV show! Do the Palins actually believe the intelligence of the average American is so low that they would base their view of realtiy on an animated TV show on Fox?

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. mjm

    I just saw the clip and it was flat out stupid. I at least expected some sort of clever slam but it was flat out stupid and not even close to being funny.

    It wasn't Trig, it was some girl with Downs Syndrome on a date and she mentioned her mom was the former Alaskan Governor.....How is that funny?

    What's funny is the 10% liberal fringe finds this type of humor appropriate. The same 10% liberal nut jobs that thought Air America was the answer to conservative talk radio.....how did that turn out?
    Bankrupt.......just like the government under liberal control.

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Lee

    When she says its ok for Rush Limbaugh to use the word 'retard' because it's satire, and then turns around and does this, it just REEKS of hypocrisy.

    February 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. David from Alaska

    Aside from the age requirement, I think Bristol is more qualified to be POTUS than her mom.

    February 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  18. Sean

    I'm sure that if Rush Limbaugh repeated the exact same words with the exact same disrespect, Palin would again simply excuse it as "satire. Who's really buying her phony, political party-specific outrage? Either this stuff makes her angry or it doesn't, but until she's consistent about what's acceptable and what isn't regardless of the offender's political affiliation, I just don't buy into it.

    February 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. Judy

    If Bristol truly wrote the comment, she is far more literate and intelligent than her mother.

    February 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Alec

    Yet Sarah Palin supports Rush Limbaugh using the word "retard."

    February 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Stop using your son for attention! We all have choices to make, to watch it or not.

    February 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    you go, girl!

    February 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Didn't Palin say that "satire" makes it okay? Oh, right, when Rush does it, it's "satire" even though he wasn't even being satirical. Doesn't she has any convictions that is free of politics?!

    February 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. dave

    no one cares about you or what you think, Half -Governor Palin

    February 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. Julian

    Lol...this would not be funny if it wasn't. Fox Broadcasting's parent company is News Corp. It's satire Sarah...only satire. You gave Rush Limbaugh a pass on that basis and Family Guy is more satirical than anything that Limbaugh does. You betcha!

    February 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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