Something very unusual is about to happen here. I’m about to agree with Sarah Palin. On last night’s episode of “Family Guy,” Chris goes out with a mentally handicapped woman. In describing her life, this girl says, “My mom’s the former governor of Alaska,” a pretty obvious allusion to Sarah’s son, Trig. Sarah has responded to the episode on Facebook. Or, err, let Bristol respond? Sarah says, “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.”
Here’s what Bristol had to say…
“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? 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.”
Watch the video here and let us know if you think the reference was fair game or over the top.