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Sarah Palin vs Family Guy February 18, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in Film / TV, Politics.
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Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has hit out at popular television show Family Guy for “mocking” her son, who has Down’s syndrome.

In the program, Chris – the Griffin family’s son – bringing home a girlfriend with Down’s syndrome.  When quizzed by his parents about her family, she states that her mother used to be Alaskan governor.

Palin in turn responded on Facebook, saying the episode “felt like another kick in the gut.”  She also provided a statement from her oldest daughter Bristol, who wrote, “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?”

However, some accuse Palin of double-standards, after American conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh repeatedly used the word “retard” in a pejorative manner on his show.  Palin chided the incident, but later on Fox News Sunday dismissed it as satire.

The animation’s creator said the show was “an equal opportunity offender”, which “used biting satire as the foundation of its humour.”

What do you think, BWT readers?  Has Family Guy crossed the line?  And if so, where should the line be drawn?



1. That Other Mike - February 18, 2010

The line is just a speck in FG’s rearview mirror… Which is the point. Someone has to cross the line – might as well be someone funny.

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