Early this morning, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin blasted Fox Hollywood for the recent Family Guy episode that took a pretty hard-to-miss jab at her special needs son, Trig Palin (Family Guy son Chris Griffin was dating a girl with Down’s Syndrome…whose mother was the former governor of Alaska). Calling it “another kick in the gut” — a reference to Rahm Emanuel‘s use of the word “retarded” — Palin turned to her daughter, Bristol, for her response. Wrote Bristol: “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?”
Palin’s full statement, made via her Facebook page, is below.
People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. 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?”:
“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. 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. – Bristol Palin”
– Sarah Palin
Hard to argue with that sentiment (unless you’re Michael Wolff), but it should be noted here that some have been critical of Palin for strongly criticizing liberal offenders — Rahm Emanuel, Hollywood — but letting right-wing Rush Limbaugh off the hook. (By the way, here “some” includes me, Glynnis MacNicol, Tommy Christopher, and Stephen Colbert).
Did Family Guy Really Just Make Fun Of Trig Palin? [Mediaite]
Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment [Sarah Palin – Facebook]
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