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'Family Guy' Voice Actor Says Palin 'Does Not Have a Sense of Humor'

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New York Times: Since it was shown on Sunday, an episode of the Fox animated comedy "Family Guy" has drawn the repeated condemnation of Sarah Palin, the former Republican governor of Alaska and 2008 vice-presidential nominee.

In the episode, the teenage character Chris dates a girl named Ellen, who has Down syndrome, and who tells him over dinner that her mother is "the former governor of Alaska." Ms. Palin, whose son Trig also has Down syndrome, has said that the "Family Guy" show "really isn't funny" and was the work of "cruel, cold-hearted people." Ms. Palin's daughter Bristol has written that the "Family Guy" writers were "mocking my brother and my family," and called them "heartless jerks."

One person who supports the "Family Guy" staff is Andrea Fay Friedman, the 39-year-old actor and public speaker who played Ellen in that episode. Like the character, Ms. Friedman also has Down syndrome.

In an e-mail message sent on Thursday to The New York Times, Ms. Friedman wrote:

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.

Ms. Friedman also spoke by phone with ArtsBeat about her "Family Guy" episode and the controversy that followed.

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IClaudeI February 19, 2010, 11:20 AM

Can i ask why the hell is Family Guy taking the rap
South Park NEVER gets taken on
or any of the other hundreds of shows that are “cold-hearted”

People like Palin just want everyone to feel like they do
They what to be facist and try and push thier beliefs on you
There are FAAAAARRR more important problems than this.
Im only saying this because shes been all like “Im gonna change the world, everyones gonna be more tolerant because of me” “ME ME ME ME!” blah blah blah.
Teach your daughter to resist this senseless joking, teach her to be a stronger woman. Teach her that her EGO isnt everthing, dont trying fixing the wrong things.
She should really watch the south park movie and listen closely
She should see how Kyles mom went out and tried to fix everything but her son and ulitmatley caused a war because shes too self centered

ANYWAY… on to the next stupid problem overblown by the media

lainey February 20, 2010, 8:36 AM

The epidsode was funny. On Family Guy no race, religion or political stand point is safe. Palin and her crew need to get over it.

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