Monday, 01 March 2010
Recently, I read how the Palin clan took absolute offense to Family Guy's episode of those with Down Syndrome. She called Family Guy creators "heartless jerks". Guess who is one of the people to defend that episode?
Her name is Andrea Fay Friedman, an actress and speaker for those with Down Syndrome. This woman has Down syndrome, and played the character on the TV. And she came up to Family Guy's defense, only to say that Sarah Palin needs a sense of humor.
Andrea's letter was in plenty of papers, from New York Times to Huffington Post. She said, "I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is 'sarcasm.'" For those unaware, that is a biting comment on Sarah Palin's shot at Obama, which shows you do not have to be "normal" to have wit.
"In my family we think laughing is good. My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes." Holy crap!
What she teaches is that the only way to ever make people normal is to treat them as though they are normal people, rather than use the misfortune as a sympathy case. Now, if only everyone had that mentality, especially parents and children, life would be a much better place to live, now wouldn't it?
What do you think of Friedman's response?