Sunday, 28 February 2010
Okay, I admit, most days I live under a rock. I don't watch "Family Guy" anyway, so not watching the episode (two Sundays ago) where apparently there was a character with Down syndrome that poked fun at Sarah Palin, wasn't much of a stretch for me.
Now, as most of you know, I am not the mom running around demanding that you all bow down to my daughter and pity her based on her diagnosis of Down syndrome. When President Obama made his Special Olympics joke, I groaned. I did so not because I was offended, but because I knew that people would never let him live that one down. I was right; Sarah Palin jumped right in and made a big scene about it. It was a joke (not the best idea) but it was indeed just a joke.
I have said it before and I will say it again, Palin is in a unique position to raise awareness for those with Down syndrome, but I really wish she would just sit down and shut the hell up. She does not speak for me or my daughter.
No, I did not see the episode so I can't tell you if I would have been offended or not. I do know that the actress playing the character wasn't offended and here is a little info; she has Down syndrome. She says that she was raised by her parents that laughter was a good thing. She was also raised as a typical child without the focus on her Down syndrome.
This is how we raise Emily. Yes, I am a huge advocate for Down syndrome Awareness, and I will continue to be one. I absolutely hate the R word when not used correctly and will ask politely that it not be used in my presence. I don't like when people stare at Emily and then look at me with pity in their eyes, but I always just smile because I know the secret. I am not to be pitied, I have been blessed with an amazing little girl that has the most beautiful soul.
Emily will face struggles in her life. So will my other children. My job is to be here and do my best to raise them to face those challenges without excuses and to brush themselves off and move on with life. I will never allow Emily to use her Down syndrome as an excuse for anything. I expect the moon and the stars from her and I have no doubt she will succeed at whatever she chooses.
One episode of "Family Guy" does not make me want to go out and demand someone be fired. The stupid idiots that make the stupid comments following the article are the ones that I would like to see brought down a notch or two. Hey Sarah, you may not like the show, but look at how many people are talking about Down syndrome. If nothing else, people are talking and that always brings about awareness.
Did you see this Family Guy episode? What are your thoughts?