Friday, February 19, 2010
My "Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates" Quote of the Day
My name is Andrea Fay Friedman. I was born with Down syndrome. I played the role of Ellen on the “Extra Large Medium” episode of Family Guy that was broadcast on Valentine’s day. Although they gave me red hair on the show, I am really a blonde. I also wore a red wig for my role in ” Smudge” but I was a blonde in “Life Goes On”. I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor. I thought the line “I am the daughter of the former governor of Alaska” was very funny. I think the word is “sarcasm”.
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.FOR THOSE who haven't followed Governor Palin's latest whine, the history is described on The Mudflats blog. Andrea Jay Friedman seems to have a better sense of humor, and world perspective, than the former Governor. The sarcasm reference, of course, comes from Palin's beliefs that Rahm Emmanuel should be fired for using the word "retards," while Rush Limbaugh should be applauded for his skillful use of "satire" when repeating the same word.
I was actually curious what the reaction was all about and watched the episode. While I thought the program was dreadful, I thought the caricature of someone with downs syndrome was incredibly vulgar and in bad taste.
The comment about her being related to Sara Palin was rather benign in comparison.
Before you tout The Family Guy as cool and edgy I would suggest watching the whole episode. I was really shocked by what they had done.
I am even more shocked at how many people are supporting and encouraging the dialogue that was on this show. I wonder how many of them have actually seen the show.
Posted by: Thom at Mar 1, 2010 9:44:14 AM
You're right, I haven't seen the show, which may be as tasteless as you say. But I wasn't touting The Family Guy as cool and edgy. I was responding to what Palin said and what Friedman said.
BTW, Friedman's parents are partners in a law firm with a lawyer we both know.
Posted by: John Massengale at Mar 1, 2010 9:51:44 AM