Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sarah Palin Allows Daughter Bristol to Scold "Family Guy" Creator Seth McFarlane

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has once again found himself some publicity courtesy of Sarah Palin.

You may remember during the 2008 election, MacFarlane used his animated show to mock John McCain and Sarah Palin.

In that episode (as seen below) characters Brian (dog) and Stewie (baby) toured Germany and at some point (for reasons I don't care to remember) stole the uniforms of some Nazi soldiers. After they had outfitted themselves in their new attire, Stewie noticed a small button on his uniform, looked down, and found a McCain/Palin button on the jacket - again, the jacket of a Nazi soldier.

This time it seems MacFarlane couldn't resist an opportunity to get in on Palin's latest media storm, which involves her statements about Rahm Emanuel after he called a group of people "f---ing retarded," and the Rush Limbaugh show that followed.

In this episode of Family Guy, one of the characters (Chris) goes out on a date with a girl who appears to have Down Syndrome. The ladies of The View have a reasonable discussion about the topic, as seen here:

In a response on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin posted the following:

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”

Seth MacFarlane is a comedy writer, and while that is no excuse for his actions he has the right to create whatever he wishes.

Ultimately the market will decide if his or any other brand of humor is acceptable, because quite simply if people do not like what he has to offer, people will turn him off.


Just a conservative girl said...

See, this is where she loses me. You can't complain that your kids are targets, then come out and use one of your kids. Granted she is an adult now, but putting Bristol's name on this, Bristol is going to become a target again.

Personally, I am over all the Palin stuff. Let's all move on.

Soloman said...


It's an interesting perspective you present.

I see things a bit differently. Bristol had the experience of being a target for the left & the media. Therefore, she absolutely has the firsthand experience to offer her perspective.

I don't expect people at this point will "jump all over" Bristol for this comment. If they do, they're the fools.

In the meantime, I don't think Palin is going anywhere anytime soon. She may not be a candidate in '12, but she's going to be a strong presence in politics for quite some time to come.

The Conservative Lady said...

Mr. MacFarlane has the right to free speech and obviously doesn't let bad taste get in the way of using it. I don't watch "Family Guy", but what I've heard and read about today, it seems that nothing is sacred on that show. It's unfortunate that because Sarah Palin is an advocate for special needs children, has a baby with Down's Syndrome and speaks out in their behalf, people who dislike her use even this noble cause as a weapon against her.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I never watch the show ... damn, proven right again !

Fredd said...

I've watched one show, years ago, and didn't care for MacFarland's style. I am certainly not going to call for his head on a pike, either.

Rush Limbaugh doesn't seem to share my distaste for the show, and has collaberated with the producers to depict himself in an upcoming episode and has had good things to say about MacFarland.

Of course, I cringe when Rush's fondness for all things ribald makes the airwaves, I still support their right to air this stuff.

Would I prefer that everyone clean up their act, as the small screen has become a toilet in the last 25 years? Yes. Will I call for heads on pikes? Well, that would be nice, but no.

Fredd 'The Pious'

tammy said...

I'm glad to say I don't watch the show and don't let my kids watch it either.

I applaud Bristol for standing up for her little brother. That's what big sisters are for.