Scott Stapp is the lead singer of ’90s band Creed. Creed are a bunch of Nickleback Jrs. — they used to be, like, the most hated band in the world until Chad Kroeger and Co. unseated them. Nowadays, Stapp is busy punditing about the upcoming election on Fox News. He’d really like another Reagan, but might just settle for Romney! Important, if you’re the type to make your political choices based on how your favorite ’90s musicians will vote. But more importantly, Stapp now looks like Quagmire on “Family Guy.”
I am not a “Family Guy” fan. Seth MacFarlane’s brand of offend-everybody, aren’t-I-clever? humor is not for me. Bill Maher, the host of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” is not my cup of tea either. But I was quite intrigued by both of them after watching a clip of Seth MacFarlane on “Real Time” this weekend discussing Sarah Palin’s outrage of the portrayal of a character with Down syndrome in his show. As you’ve probably heard right now, on a recent episode of “Family Guy,” Chris took Ellen, a girl with Down syndrome, on a date and asked her what her parents did for a living. Ellen, who was played by an actress who actually has Down syndrome in real life named Andrea Friedman, Keep reading »
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol Palin, were in the headlines again this week, railing against Sunday’s episode of “Family Guy” featuring a character with special needs. In the episode “Extra Large Medium,” the elder son, Chris, goes out on a date with Ellen, a mentally handicapped woman who tells him, “My dad’s an accountant and my mom’s the former governor of Alaska” — an obvious reference to Palin’s son, Trig, who has Down syndrome. The Palins, of course, interpreted it as such; both Bristol and Sarah took to the ex-governor’s Facebook page, where Bristol wrote, “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.” Boom boom pow!
And yet … Andrea Friedman, the 39-year-old actress with Down syndrome who read the voiceover for Ellen on the “Family Guy” episode in question, said peeps needs to chill. In an interview yesterday with The New York Times, Friedman spoke out and said, “It’s not really an insult. I was doing my role, I’m an actor. … I was laughing at it.” She added, “[I turned on the TV and] I saw Sarah Palin with her son Trig. I’m like, ‘I’m not Trig. This is my life.’ I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.” Keep reading »
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… Keep reading »