I'm a pretty big "Family Guy" fan and usually I'm a fan of any political jokes Seth McFarlane throws out, but this week's episode took a pretty cheap shot. In Sunday's episode, Chris Griffin has a girlfriend--a girl with Down's Syndrome who's mother just happens to be the daughter of a former Alaskan Governor.
Sarah Palin may be a contributor for Fox News, but that doesn’t mean the Fox network has deemed the former Governor, or her family, off limits. Palin took to her Facebook page on Monday to criticize the "Hollywood" wing of employer Fox for the episode. She writes, “People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut.” Palin also posted her daughter Bristol’s reaction to the show. She said, “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."
If anything, I expect higher standards of comedy for the cartoon. Not to mention, how do you make Down's Syndrome funny? All in all, it was an uncomfortable joke that FAILED.
Conservatives Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh are scheduled to make cameo appearances on the show this spring. We'll see if they remain apart of the show after this incident.